Chiropractic treatment for vertebral subluxation
Vertebral subluxation is a term often used by chiropractors to refer to the misalignment of the spinal vertebrae. This can be caused by a number of age-related conditions that cause degeneration of the moving parts of the spine, like the joints and discs. As the vertebrae of the spine move out of alignment, it can cause the compression or irritation of spinal nerves that results in painful symptoms.
People very often have to deal with 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 relieve your symptoms. Many patients turn to chiropractic care as a 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. 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 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 better 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.
When to consider surgery for a spine condition
If you find that chiropractic care combined with other conservative treatments like medication, physical therapy, rest or hot/cold compression, does not result in the pain relief that you need to get back to your daily activities, surgery may be presented as an option.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer an outpatient alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a less than 1-inch incision to reduce risk and recovery time^ compared to traditional procedures. Contact our dedicated team to learn more.
We are happy to provide a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.