Musculoskeletal pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States. As age and degeneration progresses without proper care, the probability increases that degeneration of the spine ensues to the point of complete disability.
The cost is estimated to be as high as $635 billion per year. This is more than the yearly cost of cancer, heart disease or diabetes. With the rising costs of healthcare, we must seek to find effective interventions for today’s health care concerns at an affordable price.
Nerves can become irritated by misaligned vertebrae, degeneration of discs and spine, inflammation, or herniated vertebral discs.
Functional changes within these nerve roots often results in debilitating pain and consequently play a significant role in one’s quality of life.
The principle aim of care in chiropractic is to adjust vertebral subluxation, which in turn may address the physical decline that arises from pain and physical activity intolerance. Desired outcomes of chiropractic care in adjusting the subluxations may include reduction of pain, increased function and enhanced quality of life.
Joint immobility has been shown to induce degenerative changes. These changes can result in irreversible changes after two months of fixation. Without chiropractic adjustments, it would be expected that degeneration would continue to progress. This degeneration results in increased nerve irritation and increased symptoms.
Recent research suggests that appropriate chiropractic adjustments can aid in an effective means of helping a patient with back pain move from acute to supportive care. Correcting spinal subluxations may expedite the process of healing and therefore improve health.
The patient reported on in this study was a 28-year-old male suffering with chronic neck pain, tingling and pins and needles feeling into his hands.
He was examined and x-rays were taken at the chiropractic clinic where they found abnormal posture, spinal degeneration, loss of the curve in his neck and structural shifts in his upper neck. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.
The young man was adjusted a total of 7 times and reported complete resolution of both the neck pain and hand symptoms.
Resolution of Neck Pain and Upper Extremity Paresthesia in a 28-year-old Male Following Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Review of the Literature. Charmaine Herman, D.C. & Miracle Pitts, D.C. Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ May 3, 2018 ~ Pages 19-25