Joint Pain

Shift Wellness

Integrative Physical therapy located in Union Square, New York, NY

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who live with joint pain, the team at Shift Wellness in the Union Square neighborhood of Manhattan can help. They offer a holistic approach to health and wellness, creating multidisciplinary treatment plans to relieve joint pain and heal the underlying condition. To schedule an appointment at the New York City practice, call or book online today.

Joint Pain Q & A

Why do my joints hurt?

Many factors contribute to joint pain, including degenerative conditions, injuries, and inflammation. You have hundreds of joints in your body from your toes and fingers to your spine and jaw, and they’re all vulnerable to pain.

Arthritis is one of the most prevalent causes of joint pain. Osteoarthritis is the degenerative form of the disease that develops as your cartilage wears away. Other common types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis and gout. 

You could also have joint pain from diseases such as:

  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Influenza
  • Hepatitis 

Joint pain also develops from tendonitis, bursitis, sprains, and fractures. Repetitive strain, for example, from participating in sports, can also cause painful inflammation in your joints.

When should I talk to a health care provider about joint pain?

Your body can usually heal a minor joint injury with a few days of rest and at-home care. If you have joint pain that persists or gets worse over time, contact the team at Shift Wellness. 

Other signs that you need professional treatment for joint pain include visible swelling or deformity, reduced mobility, and inability to extend or flex a joint fully.

How is joint pain treated?

The team at Shift Wellness provides a holistic and integrative approach to joint pain. They begin with a thorough exam and consultation to assess your painful joint and overall health and lifestyle. 

They create customized treatment plans, combining therapies to reduce your pain, heal your joints, and reduce your risk of future injuries and pain. Depending on your specific needs, your program could include:

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic care includes hands-on adjustments and tissue manipulation to correct misalignment and other musculoskeletal mechanical disorders. 

Physical therapy

Physical therapy combines supervised exercises and stretches with musculoskeletal manipulation and other rehabilitation techniques to improve your strength, flexibility, and stamina. 

The team includes yoga, Pilates, and the Feldenkrais Method® in their physical therapy programs. A combination of therapies not only helps you recover but can also reduce your risk of future joint injuries and pain. 


Rehabilitation is a type of health care focused on restoring your ability to perform everyday activities and movements. When combined with other treatments, rehabilitation can accelerate your recovery and help you get back to your regular activities quickly and safely.


Massage is a hands-on therapy that relieves pain and tension in your muscles and connective tissues. It supports your healing process by enhancing your circulation to deliver oxygen-rich blood to the muscles and tissues that support your joints. As an added benefit, massage therapy relieves stress and helps you relax. 

Functional medicine

The team at Shift Wellness incorporates functional medicine into treatment programs for joint pain. They focus on improving your overall health and body function through nutrition. In addition to reducing inflammation, they can help you lose weight, which reduces stress on your joints. 

Why put up with joint pain? Call Shift Wellness, or make an appointment online today, for personalized care to heal your joints and enhance your health.