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Pain in the joints - latches and joint stiffness.

Having locks and pain in the joints as well as joint structures can be extremely troublesome. Joint pain can be caused by several different factors, but some of the most common are congestion, trauma, wear and tear, Osteoarthrtitis, failure loads and mechanical dysfunction. Joint pain is a problem that affects a larger proportion of the population.


Other diagnoses that can cause joint pain are gout, flu, the consept of rheumatism and more.


- Also read: Pain in the back after hard training?


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What can I do even for muscle and joint pain?

1. General exercise, specific exercise, stretching and activity are recommended, but stay within the pain limit. Two walks a day of 20-40 minutes make good for the whole body and sore muscles.

2. Trigger point / massage balls we strongly recommend - they come in different sizes so you can hit well even on all parts of the body. There is no better self help than this! We recommend the following (click the image below) - which is a complete set of 5 trigger point / massage balls in different sizes:

trigger point balls

3. Training: Specific training with training tricks of various opponents (such as this complete set of 6 knits of different resistance) can help you train strength and function. Knit training often involves more specific training, which in turn can lead to more effective injury prevention and pain reduction.

4. Pain Relief - Cooling: Biofreeze is a natural product that can relieve pain by cooling the area gently. Cooling is especially recommended when the pain is very severe. When they have calmed down then heat treatment is recommended - it is therefore advisable to have both cooling and heating available.

5. Pain Relief - Heating: Warming up tight muscles can increase blood circulation and reduce pain. We recommend the following reusable hot / cold gasket (click here to read more about it) - which can be used both for cooling (can be frozen) and for heating (can be heated in the microwave).


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Some symptoms of joint pain

Stiffness in the joints. My joints break. Inflammation of the joints. Sore joints. My joints lock. The joints creak. The joints crack. Sore joints in the evening and at night. My joints stiffen. Stiffness in the joints. Has locking in the joints in the back.


These are all symptoms that a clinician may hear from patients. We recommend that you map your joint pain well before going to your clinician (which you should definitely do for permanent joint pain). Think frequency (how often do you have pain in the joints?), Duration (how long does the pain last?), Intensity (on a pain scale of 1-10, how painful is it at worst? And how painful is it usually?).


What is a joint lock?

A lock as it is called on the common man comes from the word facet joint locking. This is when we get a dysfunction in the facet joints of the vertebrae or neck vertebrae. The facet joints are the joints that connect the vertebrae. It is therefore in these joints that we can mainly get a lock or dysfunction. This in turn can cause joint pain or joint stiffness.


Facet joints - Photo Wiki

Faceted - Photo Wiki


X-ray of the spine

- X-ray of the lumbar spine (also known as lumbar columnalis):

Lumbar columnalis radiograph - Photo Wikiraedia

Lumbar columnalis X-ray image - Photo Wikiraedia

The image is taken from the side (lateral lumbar columna x-ray) and we clearly see the 5 lower back vertebrae (from top to bottom: L1, L2, L3, L4, L5) and two of the lower vertebrae in the chest (T12 and T11). Towards the transition to the sacrum we see S1.


Classification of pain in the joints.

Pain in the joints can be divided into acute, subacute og chronic pain. Acute joint pain means that the person has had joint pain for less than three weeks, subacute is the period from three weeks to three months and the pain that has a duration of more than three months is classified as chronic.


Joint pain can be caused by overload, osteoarthritis, muscular tension, gout, flu, facet joint locking and / or irritation of nearby nerves. A chiropractor or other expert on musculoskeletal and nerve disorders can diagnose your ailment and give you a thorough explanation of what can be done in the form of treatment and what you can do on your own. Make sure you do not have joint pain for a long time, rather contact a clinician and be diagnosed with the cause of the pain.


First, a mechanical examination will be performed where the clinician looks at the movement pattern of the joints or any lack of this. Muscle strength is also studied here, as well as specific tests that give the clinician an indication of what is causing the person pain in the joints.  In the case of joint problems, an imaging diagnosis may be necessary. A chiropractor has the right to refer such examinations in the form of X-rays, MRI, CT and ultrasound. Conservative treatment is always worth trying on such ailments. The treatment you receive will vary, depending on what was found during the clinical examination.


Don't let osteoarthritis stop you with everyday activities - Photo Wikimedia Commons

Do not let joint pain stop you mtp everyday activity - Photo Wikimedia Commons


What does a chiropractor do?

Muscle, joint and nerve pain: These are things that a chiropractor can help prevent and treat. Chiropractic treatment is mainly about restoring movement and joint function that can be impaired by mechanical pain. This is done by so-called joint correction or manipulation techniques, as well as joint mobilization, stretching techniques, and muscular work (such as trigger point therapy and deep soft tissue work) on the involved muscles. With increased function and less pain, it may be easier for individuals to engage in physical activity, which in turn will have a positive effect on both energy, quality of life and health.


Exercises, training and ergonomic considerations.

An expert in muscle and skeletal disorders can, based on your diagnosis, inform you about the ergonomic considerations you must take to prevent further damage, thus ensuring the fastest possible healing time. After the acute part of the pain is over, in most cases you will also be assigned home exercises that also help to reduce the chance of relapse. In the case of chronic ailments, it is necessary to go through the motor movements you do in everyday life, in order to weed out the cause of your pain occurring time and again.


Lecture or ergonomic fit for your business?

If you want a lecture or ergonomic fit for your company, please contact us. Studies have shown positive effects of such measures (Punnett et al, 2009) in the form of reduced sick leave and increased work productivity.


Also read:

- Pain in the back after snowmobiling. Why do I have it?.

- Why did I hurt in the back after pregnancy?



  • Cross-trainer / ellipse machine: Excellent fitness training. Good for promoting movement in the body and exercising overall.
  • Kettlebells is a very effective form of training that produces fast and good results.
  • Rowing Machines is one of the best forms of training you can use to get good overall strength.
  • Spinning ergometer bike: Good to have at home, so you can increase the amount of exercise throughout the year and get better fitness.


"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. » - Muhammad Ali



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  1. Punnett, L. et al. A Conceptual Framework for Integrating Workplace Health Promotion and Occupational Ergonomics Programs. Public Health Rep. , 2009; 124 (Suppl 1): 16–25.


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