It may be unusual to hear of someone experiencing arthritis in the spine. However, it is very commonplace. Many times we hear about a person having arthritis in other body parts, such as the hands and knees, but it is a fact that it can affect the spine. Some names for this type of arthritis are degenerative joint disease, subluxation degeneration, disc disease, and osteoarthritis. How does this happen?
Breakdown of Cartilage
Cartilage is the thing that cushions the bones of the joints. When it is healthy, it allows bones to move over each other and absorbs any shocks during physical activity. When the cartilage begins to wear down, the bones rub together leading to pain, swelling, and loss of movement in the affected joint. The body moves calcium into the inflamed joint to try to relieve stress. This actually causes abnormal bone growth that will worsen a person’s health over time. This is why it is referred to as a degenerative disease. It may slowly happen over a twenty-year time period, and it may take up to sixty years to totally set in.
A car accident, an injury at birth, a sports injury, or another type of trauma to the body can actually be the root cause of this spinal degeneration. The body attempts to stabilize injured joints by bonding together the bones of the joint with calcium, as mentioned above.
Spinal Health and Osteoarthritis
This is why it is vital to optimum health to keep the spine in the best condition possible. The way to do this is by entrusting the health of the spine to an upper cervical chiropractor. We use advanced methods to detect and then correct any misalignments a person may have encountered through trauma or simply from daily living. By correcting these misalignments your spine will be protected from being further damaged through degeneration. If proper joint movement is maintained, arthritis will not have a chance to settle in the spine, preventing future pain and discomfort.
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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