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Joint Manipulation

Joint Manipulation services offered in Sunnyvale and Kaufman, TX

Joint manipulation adjusts painful or stiff joints to function optimally and with less discomfort. Suppose you have arthritis, herniated discs, or other complications causing back, neck, or joint pain. In that case, the team can perform joint manipulation to improve joint function at Dallas Orthopedic and Shoulder Institute in Sunnyvale and Kaufman, Texas. Call Dallas Orthopedic Shoulder Institute or schedule an appointment online for comprehensive physical therapy and joint manipulation today. 

Joint Manipulation Q & A

What is joint manipulation?

Joint manipulation is a technique within physical therapy that pops your joints using force. The technique can lead to an increased range of motion and less pain from various musculoskeletal injuries. 

Your joints pop because of small bubbles of carbon dioxide gas produced by the cells within them. When these gas bubbles become trapped in your joints, manipulating those joints in specific ways causes the bubbles to pop. This is why you hear and feel a snap. 

While this type of joint popping is normal, some joint popping comes from underlying conditions or imbalances within joints. The team performs joint manipulation to restore dysfunctional joints to their proper positions. This alleviates movement limitations and discomfort from joint derangement. 

Which conditions does joint manipulation treat?

The team recommends joint manipulation as a therapeutic strategy to address several common joint complications and imbalances. While not all joint dysfunction is linked to a specific diagnosis, Dallas Orthopedic and Shoulder Institute may use joint manipulation to treat joints affected by:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Joint contractures after long-term immobilization

Joint manipulation might lead to a reduction in your back pain, neck pain, or pain in any of your peripheral joints. It’s a great option for people who lose movement after surgery or an athletic injury and is best suited for otherwise healthy people. The team conducts a brief physical exam and treatment consultation to ensure it’s a good fit for you. 

What are the benefits of joint manipulation?

You can enjoy many potential benefits from joint manipulation, which is completely safe when performed by trained experts. You’ll experience:

Increased range of motion

After joint manipulation, your joints can move more freely. You experience less stiffness and better overall function no matter which joint you treat. 

Decreased pain

Many joint conditions cause pain associated with any present stiffness. Joint manipulation resets local pain receptors so you can move the joint comfortably. 

Better muscle activation

Each of your joints relies on a group of muscles surrounding it to control movement. When a joint is out of balance, those muscles can’t contract like they usually do. Joint manipulation keeps these muscles in their correct places so they can be fully engaged. 

Call Dallas Orthopedic and Shoulder Institute or book an appointment online to see if joint manipulation and physical therapy can help you today.