Many people experience back pain and joint soreness as they get older, especially in the mornings as your body adjusts to being upright again. While there are sometimes unusual causes behind this type of discomfort, most people who experience it have one of three main conditions. Speak with your chiropractor to schedule diagnostic testing and see which of the following causes is most likely in your case.
3 Possible Causes of Morning Joint Pain
Arthritis affects the lining of your joints, making them stiff and sore and limiting your range of motion. Osteoarthritis occurs over time as the cartilage of the joints is worn down, and rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in the joint linings. In addition to discomfort, you might notice swelling and cracking sounds from the affected joints. Many patients find that these conditions improve with regular visits to a chiropractor.
2. Muscle Tightness
Tight, tense muscles put pressure on the joints which can cause stiffness and pain. Muscle tension can be a result of overuse, poor posture during the day, or stress and anxiety. If you experience soreness primarily in the mornings, one likely cause is poor sleeping posture. Try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your bent knees, or put a pillow underneath your knees when lying on your back to see if it helps.
This condition is usually temporary and is characterized by swelling in the bursae—fluid-filled sacs that cushion your joints. Unlike arthritis and muscle tightness which often cause back pain, bursitis pain is mostly in the arms, legs, and feet. You likely won't need chiropractic care when this condition has been identified; instead, rest the area until the swelling subsides.
If you'd like to see a chiropractor for diagnostic testing, contact Chiropractic Associates of Platteville. Serving Grant County, WI, these skilled chiropractors use state-of-the-art techniques to help relieve pain, restore motion, and realign your body for greater comfort and improved health. To schedule a session with a chiropractor, call (608) 348-3156, or visit them online to learn more about their services.