Health Revolution - Lindale, Texas
A BOTW Pediatric & Family Chiropractic Practice
1816 S Main, Suite B3
Lindale, TX 75771
Why should we get our spines checked/adjusted every 7-14 days?
Research shows degenerative processes can begin with as little as one day of joint dysfunction. Finnish researchers did a 10 year series of studies on rabbits, splinting and immobilizing their knee joints (induced subluxations) in an extended position. These results are reported:
Videman T (1987) Experimental Models of Osteoarthritis. The Role of Immobilization, Clinical Biomechanics, 2:223-229, and the various papers by Videman there referenced
- "An early, and the most obvious, change is reduction in mobility". Initially, lost mobility is "at least partially reversible". However after two weeks some range of movement is lost permanently.
- The level of compression between opposed areas of cartilage in the joint "increases sharply during the first week" to 200% above normal compression. It stays at that level for the following four weeks before beginning to decline.
- Effects related to this include:
"Such changes are not reversible (and) are identifiable radiologically as narrowing of the joint space, osteophyte formation and subchondral sclerosis".
- Increased blood supply to the cartilage (measurable after 1 day).
- Increased formation of collagen (seen after 3 days) and glycosaminoglycan (seen after 7 days) in joint tissues.
- Increased periarticular fibrosis.
- Cartilage proliferation on the joint surfaces.
- Fibrillation (degenerative softening and formation of clefts) and atrophy of joint cartilage.
- After 2 weeks of immobilization, there are first signs of eburnation in the subchondrial bone - that is exposure, wearing and hardening of bone because of extended fragmentation of the protective layers of cartilage in the joint.
- The loss of joint mobility and these osteoarthritic changes can be produced either by a single period of immobilization (two weeks or more) or repeated short periods of immobilization (several days each).
Webpage update 07/09/2017