Joint Pain – Podcast Interview with Dr. Chris Serafini

Topic:  Joint Pain

Below you will find an easy to read transcript of Dr. Chris Serafini’s interview on the razorcast™ monthly podcast.  You can either watch the video to listen to the podcast or simply read the easy to follow transcript below.  Enjoy!

Podcast Interview:

RC: Hello everyone, this is Liz Harvey coming to you from our razorcast™ studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the United States.

In today’s episode, we are speaking with Dr. Chris Serafini. Dr. Serafini is the founder of Valley Spinal Care Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona. A Pennsylvania native, Dr. Chris Serafini is a graduate of Life University in Georgia, though you may best know him from his Channel 3 health news series, “12 Days to Fitness.”

Dr. Serafini is widely considered to be one of the top chiropractors in the country and he is also a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.

Today, we are going to talk about a very important topic: Joint Pain

Hi Dr. Serafini. How are you today?

Dr. Chris Serafini: Hi Liz, I’m doing great. Hope you’re doing well too.

RC: I am. Thanks so much and thanks for being here!

Question 1: Today’s topic is “Joint Pain” Could you please define what that means?

RC: Okay so today’s topic is joint pain. Could you please define what that means?

Dr. Chris Serafini: Absolutely. A joint, first of all, is when two bones come together. When two bones come together, there’s typically a joint space there. There is also cartilage that aligns the tips of the bones so that they move smoothly. But when you’re talking about joint pain –  typically, joint pain is going to be due to either disease process or a trauma or a biomechanical misalignment of a joint. Most commonly due to trauma – as that joint biomechanically is misaligned, there’s going to be an abnormal wear and tear that happens in that joint which will eventually lead to joint pain.

Question 2: When does joint pain become Arthritis?

RC: In a search for Joint Pain information online before this interview I kept seeing results for Arthritis. When does joint pain become Arthritis?

Dr. Chris Serafini: That’s a good question. Joint pain becomes arthritic when you start to have arthritic changes or degenerative changes to a joint. So back to what I talked about earlier, when you have two bones that come together there’s a joint space there. As that abnormal wear and tear starts to occur, the joint space gets thinner and thinner and thinner and approximates the tips of the bones. As the bones get closer and closer together, they are going to get what’s called osteophytes or bone spurs or calcification deposits on that joint space. Those are degenerative factors. Not until that point is it considered arthritis. You have to have those bone spurs or osteophytes or calcification deposits for it to be considered arthritis.

Question 3: How does chiropractic care help joint pain? Is there a specific treatment protocol you follow?

RC: How does chiropractic care help joint pain? Is there a specific treatment protocol that you follow?

Dr. Chris Serafini: Chiropractic helps with joint pain. Back to the analogy again, if you have a trauma or a biomechanical misalignment of a joint, you’re going to have abnormal wear and tear and joint pain due to the misalignment. So what chiropractors do is they check the body for misalignments and as we re-align that joint to its proper bio mechanic, it will alleviate the joint pain.

Is there specific treatment protocols that we follow? Yes there are. That’s a good question. It’s slightly difficult to answer because it just depends on the nature of the problem, the severity of the problem, where the problem is at and are there any other degenerative factors –  things like that. But for the most part, yes, we do follow treatment protocols depending on the nature of the problem but it does vary. You know, just depending on other factors as well.

Question 4: Everyone knows that a healthy diet and exercise are the keys to overall health and wellness. Are there specific diets for people suffering from joint pain?

RC: Okay. Everyone knows a healthy diet and exercise are the keys to overall health and wellness. Are there specific diets for people suffering from joint pain?

Dr. Chris Serafini: I would say, although this is important in all aspects of health. I would say there are more diet related issues to joint pain that’s from a disease process. A disease process like autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, things along that line. Diet and exercise is really going to play a much more major role in those types of joint pain than it is a biomechanical misalignment issue. Like I said, although diet and exercise is important to overall aspects of health, if you have a biomechanical misalignment due to a trauma, the overall solution to that problem is to realign the joint. Now if you have a degenerative process, a disease process that can be helped through diet and nutrition, in my opinion that’s where it kind of comes into play more than just a misalignment issue.

Question 5: Do you recommend specific exercise routines based on which joints are hurting or inflamed?

RC: Speaking of exercise, do you recommend a specific exercise or exercise routines based on which joints are hurting or inflamed?

Dr. Chris Serafini: We do. Every patient in our office goes through a treatment plan and during that treatment plan we recommend certain exercises that we go over with them one-on-one based on exactly what their problem is. So once again, it depends on the nature of the problem, the severity of the condition and any other underlying factors that come in to play. But is it important, absolutely.  And we do have specific routines that we do use. My background is in personal training as well, so I’m a big believer in exercises and physical therapy components of the problem.

Question 6: What should people do when they first start experiencing some joint pain?

RC: Good and what should people do when they first start experiencing some joint pain. Should they rest? Apply ice? Or what’s your advice for what people can do at home when they first start having some joint pain?

Dr. Chris Serafini: I would say to start off with rest and ice is fine.  Depending on the severity of the problem – if the pain is any more than a five or more on a 1-10 scale, then, I would say obviously apply ice and rest in the short term but get yourself to a qualified professional so they can evaluate and assess if there is more damage going on, something you need to be worried about or something that can lead to long term problems. If your problem is less than a five, I’d say you put some ice on it and you rest it and it clears up in a couple of days or so – then I would say, you are probably okay. But overall, I’d say get yourself to somebody who can assess you properly and determine if there is anything else going on that needs more attention.

RC: Alright that’s great advice thanks so much Dr. Serafini. We know you are really busy so we just want to thank you for your time and help today.

Dr. Chris Serafini: You’re very welcome. Thanks for having me.

RC: Great and for our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Dr. Chris Serafini, you can either go online at or call (480) 443-7678 to schedule an appointment.

On behalf of our entire team at razorcast™, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our country’s leading industry professionals.

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