Referred pain

Do you have a sore shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist etc…?

That pain may be coming from your spine and not the joint where you feel the pain.

Here is an interesting study that looks at how much of the joint pain may be coming from your back or neck (which does not hurt),  If you are having trouble with your hips or knees, or any other joint – it is well worth it to have your spine checked!!

A new JMPT study published by the McKenzie Institute director of education concluded that on average, 43.5% of extremity pain originates from the (asymptomatic) spine. Here’s their joint-by-joint breakdown of spinally-referred pain:

  • Shoulder pain – 47%
  • Elbow pain – 44%
  • Wrist/Hand pain – 38%
  • Hip pain – 71% 
  • Knee – 25%
  • Ankle/Foot – 29%

Rosedale R, Rastogi R, Kidd J, Lynch G, Supp G, Robbins SM. A study exploring the prevalence of Extremity Pain of Spinal Source (EXPOSS). Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy. 2019 Sep 4:1-9. Link

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