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Sub…. what? What does subluxation even mean? Maybe you have suffered from subluxation and you didn’t even know! Read below to figure out what it is and how you can fix it! What is it? A joint subluxation is a partial dislocation of a joint, where the two bones that form a joint are still partially connected. They are most common in the spine, shoulders, knees, thumbs, and ankles. It is often the result of acute injury or repetitive motion injury but can also be caused by medical conditions that undermine the integrity of ligaments. What causes it? Subluxations normally are caused as a result of trauma to a joint. So, yes, you remember when you dove on the floor last week at late night volleyball? Or when you stroked while swimming and your shoulder kind of felt out of place? Pay attention to signs like these that might be signs of subluxation. Here are some traumatic causes of subluxation: - Blunt force injuries: Including motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, or a severe fall - Overuse injuries: Including those associated with medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow) or patellar tendonitis (jumper's knee) - Joint hyperextension: An injury that occurs when a joint is hyperextended (extended beyond its normal range of motion) What symptoms should I look for? Here are some common symptoms that you might experience if you have a subluxation: - Pain and swelling around the joint - A sensation of joint instability - Limited mobility or the loss of range of motion - Loss of feeling or numbness (usually temporary) - Bruising What can I do to treat it? After getting your injury looked at by a doctor, they will most likely tell you to do what we call “RICE” which means the following: R - Rest.You will be instructed to limit activity and avoid putting weight on the affected joint. To improve recovery and ensure stability, the doctor may immobilize the joint with a splint, brace, or cast. I - Ice Application. Icing an injury helps dilate blood vessels to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling. Apply the ice pack for no more than 15 to 20 minutes several times a day, using a cloth barrier to prevent frostbite. C - Compression. Your doctor may suggest an elastic bandage to control swelling, reduce blood flow, and provide structural support to the affected joint. E - Elevation. Placing the joint above the heart can also alleviate pain and inflammation by reducing blood flow and pressure to the joint. How can WE help you? Chiropractors are the only healthcare providers trained to diagnose and treat subluxations. Experts in the musculoskeletal systems, chiropractic physicians go through years of education and training to learn how to accurately identify and correct subluxations in the spine. Subluxations are treated using the chiropractic adjustment. Using a quick and gentle movement, chiropractors apply a specific amount of sudden force to a specific joint to help remove the subluxation, increase mobility of the joint and improve overall spinal function. Check out our recent youtube video to learn more for our very own, Dr. Vanchiere!

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