How to detect vertebral subluxation in the spine

A list of vertebral subluxation symptoms will depend on how a practitioner defines the term. Some chiropractors believe that spinal misalignment (subluxation) causes a wide variety of illnesses, which can be prevented by manipulating, or adjusting, the affected vertebrae.

The medical definition says that vertebral subluxation is merely a partial misalignment of a vertebra, with no proven scientific connection to overall health or the development of disease. Learn about the signs of vertebral subluxation as well as the treatment options for your debilitating symptoms.

Signs of vertebral subluxation

In the case of the widely accepted definition of vertebral subluxation, neck and back pain would arise if the misalignment causes nerve compression. This also applies to the chiropractic definition, but many chiropractors attribute much more to spinal misalignment than just neck and back pain. Given the broad interpretation of vertebral subluxation, symptoms can include:

  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Spinal muscle spasms, tightness or weakness
  • Reduction in spinal mobility
  • Pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Joint pain, tenderness or stiffness

Treating vertebral subluxation symptoms

Chiropractic manipulation has become a widely accepted alternative treatment for degenerative spine conditions such as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. It often is used in conjunction with other conservative treatments, such as pain medication, exercise and stretching. If chronic vertebral subluxation symptoms persist after several weeks or months of conservative treatment or chiropractic therapy, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive spine surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons perform outpatient procedures and have helped more than 75,000 patients with chronic neck and back pain find relief. Our dedicated team is able to perform muscle-sparing procedures that use a less than 1-inch incision specific for the aspect of your spine that is causing you discomfort. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, our advanced procedures have no lengthy recovery and allow our patients to be up and walking within just a few hours after surgery.^

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