Subluxations and Chiropractic
By Paul Rothbart
You probably know that the specialty of the chiropractor is fixing backs and joints. But that is just a brief outline of what they do. Much of a chiropractor's job is adjusting subluxations. A subluxation is a partial dislocation of a joint. In order to correct the problem, the bones must be gently manipulated back into place. This requires the intensive training that a chiropractor must complete to become licensed. Let's take a closer look at subluxations.
Types of Subluxations
There are multiple types of subluxation that can occur in different parts of the body. One of the most common is the vertebral subluxation in which one or more of the discs in the back, or vertebra, shifts slightly from its normal position. Subluxation can also occur in the shoulder. The ball of the upper arm comes partially out of its socket. Patellar subluxations occur in the knee when the kneecap slides partly out of the groove it rests in on top of the tibia. There is also elbow subluxation, which is when the elbow joint shifts out of place.
Causes of Subluxation
The most common cause of subluxation is trauma to the joint. This can come from a blunt force injury which may happen in an automobile accident or a sports injury. Hyperextension is another common cause. The joint is extended beyond its normal range of motion, causing the subluxation. It can also happen due to overuse. Common subluxations of this type are golfer's elbow and jumper's knee.
Symptoms of Subluxation
The main symptom is pain. The pain may be felt in the area around the joint as well as in the joint itself. Often there is swelling in the injured area. There may also be bruising and sometimes loss of feeling or numbness, although this is usually temporary. Limited range of motion and loss of some mobility is also a very common symptom. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should seek medical care.
Treating a Subluxation
Rest is the most important treatment. No stress should be placed on a subluxation. Ice and elevation are also helpful. In extreme cases, surgery may be necessary, but most subluxations can be treated non-invasively. This is where chiropractic care comes in. A chiropractor is trained to manipulate vertebrae and joints in a gentle manner that will fix the subluxation with a minimum of pain.
A subluxation is painful and limits physical activity. If you are experiencing the symptoms, consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. No appointment is needed and a licensed chiropractor will perform an exam, find the problem, and make the proper adjustment. You don't have to live with pain. Help is available.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.