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To Rot …Or Not?

"Forward Head Posture leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis and pinched nerves" - Mayo Clinic November 3, 2000

"Aging and degenerative changes are NOT synonymous" -Harry F. Farfan, M.Sc., M.D., C.M., F.R.C.S

55-year old patient with lordotic reversal and severe joint deterioration.  How often do you see this in a patient so young, with a good curve?

75-year old patient with cervical curve intact.  Note the lack of joint deterioration.  Patient has freedom of movement without stiffness and discomfort.

To rot or not is a question that many are unknowingly faced with.  When the normal shock absorbing curves of the spine are altered, reduced or reversed, spinal ‘rot’ is what occurs.  This classically happens due to trauma such as a motor vehicle accident, sports injury or slip and fall, but can also occur from repetitive stress.

        A term commonly associated with these injuries is ‘whiplash’ and ‘pelvic lash.’  Whiplash refers to damage of the ligaments and joints in the neck and upper back.  Pelvic lash is trauma to the low back, pelvis and sacroiliac joints caused by the fact that lap and shoulder belt systems do not anchor the spinal columns’ vertebra with uniform restraining pressure.  This results in unequal force distribution to the spinal joints upon impact causing ‘lashing’ of the joints, ligaments, fascia and muscles of the spine.  No matter what it’s called, these injuries will often cause serious chronic pain symptoms and create post-traumatic degenerative decay in the spinal joints and nerves.  If left uncorrected, the most serious problems begin to pop up months and even years later.

        Fortunately, Chiropractic can correct these dysfunctions and even help to reverse the degenerative process that they create.  If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident or has chronic pain from old injuries they need to have the spine and nervous system evaluated at Walton Chiropractic.  We can help.  The choice is yours “To Rot… or Not.”

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