Arthritis & Degeneration
From everyday activities, to being overweight, to repetitive movements placed on the misaligned joints, your body can not handle the same stress as if it were in proper alignment. We often discuss with our patients the effects of subluxation degeneration. Simply put, this is the osteoarthritis that sets in from the spine being out of alignment for an extended period of time.
Phase 1 shows a loss of the normal spinal curve, phase 2 shows the resulting bone spurs and disc degeneration beginning to set in, and phase 3 shows the advanced arthritis setting in from neglect. Had the patient’s spinal curve been corrected when in phase 1, the resulting degeneration could have been prevented.
In phase 2, the focus of chiropractic care is to relieve pressure on the nerves and restore proper alignment as best as possible to prevent further degeneration. Once in phase 3, we attempt to reduce pressure on the nerves to eliminate pain and slow the progression of the arthritis, but curve correction is rarely possible.
You have choices regarding your health. You can choose temporary pain relief care or take a more proactive approach and correct the underlying cause of your health condition. Enjoying a pain-free lifestyle now as well as in the future is possible. Dr. Berglund’s focus on restoring proper spinal alignment and curves can help prevent or slow down the development of osteoarthritis and help you to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.