Vertebral Subluxation Complex

The Vertebral Subluxation Complex, dysfunction, and ensuing degeneration.

Through extensive research and study, Doctors of Chiropractic and other professionals have identified 5 components of the vertebral subluxation. Collectively, these elements are known as the “Subluxation Complex.” Doctors of Chiropractic detect, correct, and prevent the Vertebral Subluxation, and the resulting complex which produces changes in tone, motion, neurologic, muscular, cellular, general function, and health

  1. KINESIOPATHOLOGY
    The loss of normal vertebral positioning and motion in relation to neighboring vertebrae.
  2. NEUROPATHOLOGY
    Irritation or injury to spinal nerve roots and/or spinal cord through compression, stretch or more commonly chemical irritation from nearby spinal structures.
  3. MYOPATHOLOGY
    Pathological changes occurring in the spinal musculature which include:
    1. Hyper-tonicity
    2. Muscle spasms
    3. Fibrosis
    4. Weakness and improper or inadequate functioning
  4. HISTOPATHOLOGY
    The biochemical changes taking place in the spinal region which include inflammatory biochemicals from injured tissues and biochemical waste products.
  5. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
    Pathological changes which occur to the spinal tissues such as:
    • Abnormal bony growths off the vertebral bodies and joints
    • Fibrosis and adhesions of spinal muscles and ligaments
    • Dehydration and degeneration of spinal discs.

Each component of the Subluxation Complex must be eliminated for proper healing to occur and for the rehabilitation process to be successful. While full understanding of all components is not necessary, you should be aware of the complexity involved.  Patients should also be aware that pain is merely a small element of most diseases and disorders.

Pain is a very poor indicator of your need for further treatment as pain generally subsides well before tissue healing and mechanical normalization has completed.

Dr. LeGault, North Hills Pittsburgh Chiropractor, is trained to evaluate and treat each of the Vertebral Subluxation Complex components that negatively affect your health. Make an appointment today (412) 364-4100

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