Did you know chiropractic adjustments are not limited to the spine? With proper training, a chiropractor can adjust nearly any joint in the body, and it’s something I particularly enjoy. The shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle are the most common injured joints. Fingers and toes can be adjusted as well. That’s especially important to know if you have ever “jammed” one or more of them!
Adjusting a swollen finger or toe after an injury can speed the recovery time and return to normal use. The joint adjustment helps to re-align that joint’s ligaments and muscles. It also strengthens them to hold the joint in a more normal position. Healing can take a while, but that time is significantly reduced when an adjustment protocol is followed, as opposed to doing nothing at all.
The injury’s severity and the size of the injured joint largely determine recovery time. In a worst-case scenario, recovery can take as long as eight to twelve weeks. For a mid-level injury, the healing time can be four to six weeks, and for a mild injury, the time may only be one to two weeks. Just remember to seek care as soon as possible after an injury. The longer a person waits, the longer healing takes. If a patient “toughs it out” and does nothing, this all but guarantees that joint won’t heal in the proper position or function as designed.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get you back to better.