What a Joint!
Friday, January 30, 2015 09:39 PM

Human joints allow us to move and carry out normal activities of daily living. Joints are designed to withstand the loads placed on them and provide a full range of motion, but joints are often injured, causing pain and discomfort. 

The knees, shoulders, ankles, and spine are the most commonly injured joints. Approximately 30 million doctor visits a year are due to knee and shoulder injuries alone. Some 150 million to 200 million cases of back pain send people to a doctor every year—and many of those are related to joint injuries.
Each joint is made up of at least two bony surfaces that touch each other and allow for movement. While bones make up the joint and allow movement, it is the muscles that pull the bones that produce the movement. Thus it is the muscle and skeletal (musculoskeletal) system that keeps you moving and has such a tremendous affect on (to have an influence on, or effect a change in; to attack or infect, as a disease) your health.

Muscles are attached to bones by tendons. Bones are connected to bones by ligaments.  Muscles, tendons, and ligaments are attached around each joint at very specific positions, with joint surfaces shaped in exact dimensions. Fluid within most of the joints lubricates the joint surfaces to reduce friction and allow for lifelong use. 

Bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, blood supply, and, within the spine, nerves and spinal cord.  Don't just take your joints for granted. Work with your Doctor of Chiropractic to help keep your joints, musculoskeletal system, spine and its related nerves as good as possible.  It just may help keep you out of a tight joint!