OUCH. This is about all pain can tell us. Something is wrong, but we are not exactly sure what. The neurological and soft tissue dysfunction can be ruled in or out, and the mechanical joint dysfunction can be evaluated and treated. When a joint becomes mechanically compromised the pain receptors at the joint capsule fire and the brain replies with the sensation of pain, or tingling, or burning, etc, accompanied by a secondary spasm and a false weakness to decrease movement of something that hurts.
Mechanical joint dysfunction
Mechanical dysfunction presents with three signs: spasm, inhibition and irritation. The spasm will be apparent above and below the joint dysfunction. The secondary inhibition will present as a false weakness that will spontaneously decrease after resolution of the joint dysfunction. Mechanical dysfunction is easily resolved with facilitation of movement.
facilitation of joint movement
Manual facilitation of neutral joint movement in the resting, gentle position. Tissue does have memory which results in the need to facilitate joint movement more than once. However, as we continue to move in neutral, the tissue does change over time and we become less mechanically vulnerable. Facilitation of joint movement is an easy concept: facilitate normal joint movement. But it does take time and patience to learn. I will continue to teach and I will post classes as they are available. It is important that after fixing the mechanical dysfunction we then increase trunk control and power to decrease mechanical vulnerability.