The Joint Corp., a franchiser of chiropractic clinics, celebrated the opening of its first clinic in Aiken on Thursday.


Owned and operated by L.S. Carper, The Joint is located at 258 East Gate Drive in the Eastgate Shopping Center next to Publix.


According to a recent press release, Carter discovered his passion for chiropractic care after it cured his wife of chronic carpal tunnel syndrome.


Traditional medicine provided no relief for her, Carter said. But within three weeks of chiropractic care, her condition went away, he said.


“I like the idea of approaching ongoing wellness through a holistic, preventive program of care rather than waiting until something is wrong to try and fix it,” Carter said in the press release. “The Joint – with no appointments necessary and lower cost than most co-pays – makes taking care of your health so much more convenient and affordable that anyone can do it.”


Benefits of The Joint include membership plans of $49 per month, which entitles patients to four visits per month, family membership plans and services to walk-in patients as well.


South Carolina native Dr. Jerry Odom will also be part of the team. A graduate of USC Aiken, Odom also received his doctor of chiropractic from Sherman College in Spartanburg.


“I joined The Joint Aiken because I saw the amazing ability of patients to lead better quality lives with regular chiropractic care,” Odom said in the press release. “Now, the people of Aiken don't have to spend a fortune to receive these benefits.”


The Joint will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 803-641-3848 or visit www.thejoint.com.


The Joint Corporation was founded in Tucson Arizona in 1999. It has been ranked in the Inc. Magazine Inc.500 Fastest Growing Companies at No. 44. The Joint has 428 clinics open or in development in 28 states.


Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.