Spinal Degeneration and Chiropractic Care

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, compressed and obstructed by misaligned vertebrae, degeneration of the discs and spine, inflammation, or herniated vertebral discs.

Functional changes within these nerves often result in debilitating pain and consequently play a significant role in one’s quality of life.

The principle aim of care in chiropractic is to find and reduce structural spinal shifts. These structural spinal shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. Adjusting vertebral subluxations 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 chronic back pain move from acute to supportive care. Correcting spinal subluxations may expedite the process of healing and therefore improve health.

This case describes a 78-year old woman who had been suffering with neck pain for over 25 years, severe degenerative disc disease, and osteoporosis. Her pain was so severe she could not perform all her job duties, leaving her to work less hours. Daily activities like driving was scary and dangerous as she could not turn her head to check traffic due to the worsening of her condition. She ultimately had to turn in her license because she was a public safety risk.

The chiropractor examined her and found structural spinal shifts, tight muscles, and limited range of motion in her neck. Orthopedic testing, x-rays, and MRI confirmed these findings. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct.

Following chiropractic adjustments, she reported improvement in her symptoms and that for the first time in over 25 years she was pain free. She was able to return to full duty hours at work and get her license back to drive.

Are you seeking alternative pain relief treatments in Murrysville? Chiropractic care can help you take your life back! As a chiropractor in Murrysville, Dr. Aaron Tressler specializes in identifying and treating the cause of your problem. If you're looking for a chiropractor near you in Murrysville, please contact us or book online today.

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Reduction in Neck Pain and Immobility in a 78-Year-Old Patient with Severe Degenerative Disc Disease and Osteoporosis using Subluxation-Based Gonstead Chiropractic Care: A Case Study. Sarah Hock, DC, CACCP & Mike McIntyre, DC. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ Volume, 2020.

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