Joint pain is a debilitating problem that may arise due to several types of injuries or condition. Moreover, it doesn’t matter what causes it, because it can be quite bothersome. Furthermore, this problem can affect one or several joints of the body causing pain and inflammation. Besides, the joints support the entire body with the assistance of the ligaments, tendons, and bursae. And, any injury on them can influence the cartilage, ligaments or bones within the joints. These may affect their flexibility. In addition, pain in the joint might occur due to inflammation or infection of the ligaments.
Joint mobilization is done by putting the patient in a comfortable position where he can relax and let the joint to be moved freely. A therapist manually presses the impaired joint or area by using his hands and applies force in appropriate direction. However, patients under the following conditions aren’t advised to undergo joint mobilization in areas like the spine when there is severe osteoarthritis or osteoporosis, when the joint is degenerative, when there is tumor or malignancy in the affected area, when there is hemorrhage in the joint, in the cervical region when there is dysfunction with the movement of blood within the vertebral artery, if there’s a loose body in the joint, in total joint replacements and in joints near a growth plate. Only until full diagnosis is reached can patients suffering from the above-mentioned conditions be subjected to joint mobilization. It is essential that the therapists are educated enough to be aware of possible inflammation after the treatment.