Chiropractic care — treatment for vertebral subluxation (misaligned spine)
Vertebral subluxation is simply the misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine. This could be caused by several spine conditions or the natural aging process compressing the spine and gradually deteriorating the joints and discs between the vertebrae. As the vertebrae of the spine move out of alignment, a local nerve root in the spinal cord might become impacted and cause local and radiating pain.
Most patients suffer from some form of vertebral subluxation later in life, due to the natural degeneration of the spine. However, if the subluxation is impacting a nerve and causing pain, you may want to consider a treatment option to help alleviate your symptoms. For many patients, chiropractic care is the first step for finding pain relief from vertebral subluxation.
Spinal manipulation for subluxation
Chiropractors are trained in making spinal adjustments to realign the vertebrae of the spine using a technique called spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation is a quick, precise movement to push the vertebrae of the spine into place. This can occur by the chiropractor pressing on your spine or by twisting your spine to maneuver the vertebrae into the correct position.
The purpose of spinal manipulation is to align the spine to promote healthy healing and a strong spinal column. Chiropractors believe that the body has natural healing powers if everything in the body is in the proper alignment. By using spinal manipulation to treat vertebral subluxation, the pressure is being removed from the impacted nerve in the spinal cord and the vertebrae are moved back into their natural position in the spine.
Chiropractors often give exercise and lifestyle advice to patients whom they are treating with spinal manipulation. The purpose of doing exercises in conjunction with chiropractic care is to strengthen the muscles that surround the spine to hold everything in place. After a session of spinal manipulation, the vertebrae of the spine are moved into alignment. If you are also doing core exercises with your spinal manipulation, your muscles will hold the vertebrae in place and help prevent future instances of subluxation.
Alternative treatment for subluxation
If you find that chiropractic care does not result in the pain relief that you need to get back to your daily activities, you might begin researching surgical treatments for subluxation.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a small, 1-inch incision to reduce risk and recovery time*. Contact our care team to learn more about our procedures and the treatment options available to you.