Alterations in normal spinal structure and segmental motion can cause joint dysfunction. This can be caused by a wide range of issues, from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or other sudden trauma, even small repetitive injuries accumulating over time. When this occurs, the surrounding tissues such as muscles, discs and nerves can become stressed as well and exacerbate symptoms such as pain, spasm and restricted movements. Left uncorrected, the altered structure and function can lead to increased wear and tear and speed degenerative changes.
This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by and the muscles, nerves and bones begin to adapt to the altered biomechanics. Because the body is a remarkable machine, it will try to compensate by putting more stress on neighboring structures. The longer the imbalance is untreated, the longer it will take and the harder it is to try to restore normal structure and function.
Spinal joint dysfunction is often accompanied by the following:
- Spinal Kinesiopathology (movement of the bones)
- Neuropathophysiology (nerve dysfunction)
- Myopathology (muscle changes)
- Histopathology (tissue damage)
- Pathophysiology (altered function)
Chiropractors are experts in the manipulation of joints and soft tissue. Small, quick movements to the spine can improve normal vertebral motion. Through treatment, better structural balance and function as well as greater comfort is possible.