A vertebral subluxation is synonymous with an orthopedic subluxation. It basically involves a simple misalignment of a vertebra. This misalignment can be due to different causes such as disc degeneration. Often no treatment is necessary, but if the subluxation begins to impinge on nerves exiting the spinal column, the condition can become painful and require treatment with Dr. Girardi.
What is Vertebral Subluxation?
The chiropractic world has attempted to make this a condition that is responsible for all sorts of problems and diseases, but this has no scientific backing and has been widely challenged.
Dr. Girardi views vertebral subluxation as an orthopedic problem. The World Health Organization defines “vertebral subluxation” as partial misalignment of a vertebra. The alignment problem with this condition is minor and should not be confused with spondylolisthesis, where a vertebra actually slips forward and out of place.
What Causes Orthopedic Vertebral Subluxation?
The misalignment associated with vertebral subluxation can be caused by:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Accident or trauma
Vertebral Subluxation Symptoms
In most cases, this condition won’t require treatment, but it can become worse and begin to impact spinal nerve roots. When this happens, the pain will occur in the area the nerve serves. When a nerve is impinged, the patient will initially feel occasional tingling and numbness, and this can advance to weakness in a leg or arm.
Symptoms that would demand treatment are:
- Neck pain
- Middle back pain
- Lower back pain
- Joint pain in the arms
- Joint pain in the legs
HVertebral Subluxation Diagnosis
Vertebral subluxation will show up on spinal x-rays. They are part of an overall exam, including evaluation of how the possible nerve impingement is affecting the corresponding limb.
How is Vertebral Subluxation Treated?
As with most conditions affecting the spine, Dr. Girardi first opts for the most conservative treatment options. These include the use of anti-inflammatory medications, various exercise regimens that strengthen the muscles surrounding the misaligned vertebrae, stretching, and more.
However, if symptoms persist or worsen, the nerves in question may be at risk of becoming permanently damaged. Surgery is rarely necessary in cases of vertebral subluxation, but if necessary Dr. Girardi can perform minimally invasive spinal surgery to relieve the pressure on the impinged nerve.
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