Most people are familiar with arthritis as it affects the hands or even the feet of older people. However, spinal arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects the back and neck. Some terms used to refer to it are:
- Degenerative disc or joint disease
- Subluxation degeneration
What is Spinal Arthritis?
Due to aging and some diseases, the spine begins to deteriorate. This can often be linked to a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae called the upper cervical spine. This can take 10 years or more to progress to the point where it begins to bother a person.
As a younger person, it may manifest itself as a slight pain in the back and may be ignored, thinking it will go away with time. It is important to realize, however, that this minor pain can cause major trouble for the person down the road. When the body detects a problem with joints, it begins to bind the bones that make up the joint using calcium to fill in where the instability lies. Calcium build up causes the bones to grow improperly leading to arthritis of the spine.
Can Anything Deter Arthritis from Happening?
The simple answer is yes. It is important to keep the spine in proper alignment beginning at a young age. The upper cervical spine affects how the entire spine functions. Seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor is a wise step. Even if a person is older and is already seeing some of the problems of arthritis, an upper cervical chiropractor may be able to help slow down the degeneration process.
At Johnson Spinal Care, we focus attention on the C1 and C2 vertebrae, making sure they are not misaligned. If a misalignment is detected, a gentle process is used to correct it, thereby allowing the body to begin using its natural healing process to fix the damage done to tissue and muscle. This keeps arthritis from further degenerating. Patients report being happy with the results they have seen from keeping the spines in proper alignment.
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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at http://www.johnsonspinalcare.com