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Spinal Subluxation Overview

What is a spinal subluxation?
A person with a spinal subluxation has one vertebra in the spine that is out of alignment with the rest of the vertebrae. The vertebrae are bones that makeup the spine. Spinal subluxation is usually caused by an injury to the ligaments that hold the vertebrae together.

What are the symptoms of a spinal subluxation?
Symptoms of a spinal subluxation in the neck may include neck pain or stiffness. Additional symptoms may include arm pain, arm numbness, or arm weakness. Symptoms of a spinal subluxation in the back may include back pain or stiffness. Additional symptoms may include leg pain, leg numbness, or leg weakness.

How does the doctor treat a spinal subluxation?
Treatment for a spinal subluxation may include rest, a neck brace or back brace, physical therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment may include surgery to realign the vertebra.

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Last Updated: Oct 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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