Subluxation is the abnormality in any joint that leads to its partial or incomplete dislocation. The subluxation can happen in any part of the joint irrespective of age and gender. Studies have shown that even more minor children suffer from subluxation when bending or picking up something from the floor. Some common joint subluxations experienced commonly by people include spinal subluxation, often seen to occur after a traumatic incident to the spine. The spinal bones, i.e., the vertebra, are often seen to dislocate with the compression of the nerve that, causes immense pain in the spinal area with misaligned spinal curvature in the patient.
Apart from this, shoulder and knee joints can also be affected by subluxation of the joint, which is often a secondary effect of traumatic injury to the joint. In shoulder subluxation cases, the shoulder joint ball gets partially separated from its socket. The patient feels pain and a sense of joint slipping in and out while moving the hand. Shoulder subluxation is also commonly seen in athletes who swim, play tennis, or have frequent higher hand movements. The subluxation in the knee joint is seen when the kneecap gets separated from the groove that holds it to the end of your thigh bone. It occurs after an accidental injury that may lead to joint looseness.
If you land on your hands with the elbow joint on the floor, it tends to cause elbow subluxation. Though the patient suffers from immense pain and discomfort after a shoulder subluxation, the joint’s range of motion is not much affected in these cases. In addition to all these joints subluxation, there is also a jaw-joint or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) subluxation that occurs as a result of continuous higher chewing forces, yawning, attempts to insert more prominent objects in the mouth, undue pressure on the joint during sleep and other activities, or congenital (by birth) malformations or developmental disturbances of the joint. The patient suffers from severe pain and discomfort while opening and closing the mouth and experiences a clicking sound from the joint while chewing exercises or opening or closing the mouth.
Here, we have explained some joint subluxations that affect people and cause them to suffer from pain and joint dislocation. This blog has attempted to explain the facts about joint subluxation and how chiropractors can help prevent and manage these injuries.
What are the causes of joint subluxation?
According to chiropractic professionals, joint subluxation is a process despite a static condition that leads to tissue changes with partial joint dislocation. The constant changes seen in such tissues include excessive blood flow or hyperemia, a result of an obstruction in the flow of blood in a regular pattern. If the toxins develop in the muscular area, cause continuous nerve irritation and pain in the region, or damage to the smaller blood vessels that leads to a restricted blood flow in the area causing rigidity in the tissues and joints, it may ultimately result in subluxation of the joints in the human body.
How can chiropractic care help treat cases of subluxation?
As the subluxations are associated with pain in the joints, especially in the backbone and neck region, reduced range of motion of the joints, and migraines and headaches, including cluster or tension-type headaches, chiropractic professionals can help immensely in relieving such signs and symptoms in the patient.
The well-trained chiropractic professionals are proficient in prevention and managing signs and symptoms associated with subluxation through spinal adjustments and correcting the spinal curvature and the overall balance of the human body. These professionals use various methods, including manual or electric manipulation, chiropractic adjustments of the joints, hot and cold fomentation, therapeutic ultrasound therapy, or laser stimulation to treat different ailments associated with joints and other associated structures.
Chiropractic professionals help manage the subluxation of the joints by applying sudden and gentle force to the affected joint to correct its alignment and bring it to a normal state. Chiropractic care is non-invasive, drug-free management of the joints, providing an immense and sustainable option in managing the symptoms of such conditions.
Subluxation of the joints may occur due to any traumatic incidence or aggressive use of the joints for a continuous, long-term period. The patients will feel immense pain, discomfort, and loosening of the joint as the symptoms of joint subluxation. Chiropractic care helps prevent and manage such types of cases through various therapies with the primary intention of assisting patients to get relief from such painful conditions.
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