The “Wear and Tear” theory of arthritis: Chiropractic

Osteoarthritis or arthritis refers to roughening of the joint surfaces, inflammation and point in the joints. In the spine the condition is often called spondylosis. Spondylosis means “vertebrae condition”. Spondylosis is the term applied to arthritis of the joints of the spine by all medical sources and radiologists. Osteoarthritis refers more to the joints of the hand, knee, etc.
One common theory is that spondylosis or osteoarthritis is caused by daily wear and tear on the joints over a long period of time. The wear and tear theory is largely invalid due to the fact that the normal joints of the spine and extremities simply will not wear out with normal use and under normal loads. The joints of the human spine and extremities have been compared to “ice on ice”. Normal joints are highly efficient will last at least as long as the rest of the body.
The role of trauma in osteoarthritis/spondylosis is of interest to the Chiropractor as trauma is the most common agent in the development of this condition.
The high incidence of spondylosis (arthritis) in the neck years after a whiplash injury are highly suggestive of a causal relationship of trauma and arthritis. One study found arthritic changes in whiplash patients at roughly 6 times the non-whiplash population. If persons had suffered loss of consciousness the rate was 10 times the non-whiplash population.
Trauma induced spinal instability is also associated with osteophyte formation. Osteophytes are also known as bone spurs and are often seen on x rays of the neck and lower back.
Neck injuries are one of the most common injuries treated by Chiropractors. Chiropractic treatment of neck pain/ injury involves traction of the joints, myofascial release, and joint mobilization.

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