Subluxation Treatment Questions and Answers
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We are all familiar with the concept of a joint becoming dislocated, although many of us have not heard of subluxation. Subluxation is defined as a partial dislocation, or an incomplete disunion of the two articulating bones in a synovial joint. A partial dislocation can cause damage to the tissues surrounding the joint, resulting in pain, inflammation and limited range of motion.
What are the signs and symptoms of subluxation?
The signs and symptoms of subluxation vary depending on the joint that is affected. Common locations and their symptoms include:
- Patella (Kneecap) — Patellar subluxation occurs when the kneecap moves from its usual position in the groove located at the end of the femur. Signs may include:
- Stiffness of the knee
- Pain while sitting with knees extended
- Locking of the knee
- Pain which worsens after any activity
- Swelling of the knee
- Slipping of the kneecap to outer knee
- Popping or cracking of the knee (crepitus)
- Shoulder — A shoulder subluxation occurs when the ball of the humerus partially protrudes from the glenoid socket. Symptoms may include:
- Numbness along the arm
- Difficulty moving joints in the shoulder area
- Weakness of the arm
- Swelling of the shoulder
- Visible deformation of the shoulders
- Spine — Spinal subluxation develops when a spinal vertebra is misaligned compared to the other vertebrae, which may be caused by a prolapsed disc.
- Difficulty in moving or immobility
- Persistent headaches
- Pain in the neck and back
What does subluxation feel like?
Subluxation is characterized by many sensations, and everyone who experiences subluxation perceives it differently. Subluxation is commonly reported to feel like:
- Loss of joint stability
- Achy joints
- Popping, grating, clicking sounds
- Limited mobility, which can interfere with the performance of day-to-day activities
- A pulling sensation
Some patients have even described subluxation as “trying to force two jigsaw pieces together,” and “like fitting a square peg into a round hole… it will fit, but it doesn’t sit right,” and even “feeling like being made of loose strings.” Clearly these are uncomfortable symptoms that should be addressed right away, especially because subluxation can lead to long term damage.
What is the difference between a dislocation and a subluxation?
Unlike many other comparisons, the two terms ‘dislocation’ and ‘subluxation’ are not commonly confused. In fact, most people have not even heard the term ‘subluxation’ before. However, understanding the difference between the two is quite simple: a dislocation is a complete disunion of two bones in a joint, and a subluxation is an incomplete disunion from two bones in a joint. ‘Luxation’ is a medical term for dislocation; therefore, with the prefix ‘sub-,’ it changes the meaning to “at a lower level” or “of lesser quality.”
How is subluxation treated?
The treatment for subluxation depends on the affected joint(s) and the severity of the partial disunion. In minor cases, the joint bones may move back into place on their own. However, trying to force the joints back into position could cause more damage, so it is vital to take it slow and have patience. At-home care measures include icing the joint, as well as taking over-the-counter pain-relievers. To determine how to reposition the joint, a doctor may perform an x-ray, which may be followed by a closed reduction, or moving the bone back into place without surgery.
After the joint has been reset, it is imperative to keep it as still as possible for up to two weeks. In addition, the doctor may monitor the recovery process and provide a detailed plan for when and how much the joint can be moved and also what exercises to perform. Allowing the joint to heal fully helps prevent future injuries; repeated dislocations can increase the chances of a joint injury.
At Back Pain & Joint Center of Texas, we understand how painful and limiting subluxation can be, which is why we offer professional treatments for subluxation. Call us today to book an appointment for subluxation treatment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 2510 South Loop 336 West, Suite 245, Conroe, TX 77304. We serve patients from Conroe TX, Montgomery TX, Panorama Village TX, Willis TX, The Woodlands TX, and Cleveland TX. We look forward to serving you!
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