A subluxation (pronounced sub-luck-say-shun) – short for Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) – is an abnormal condition commonly involving several vertebrae. It occurs when vertebrae in your spine lose their normal position and/or motion.
Subluxations most often occur in response to the daily stresses placed on our bodies. Common things such as emotional stress, poor posture of sitting in front of a computer for a long time may lead to subluxations. Car accidents, improper lifting or work injuries are other common causes of VSC.
Many health problems, including subluxations, are subtle in the early stages of development. It’s the same way that a cavity or heart problem can be overlooked before causing pain or other warning signs, a spinal problem may develop and exist for years before causing difficulties.
To detect the possible onset of a VSC, your chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination, including a detailed history, orthopedic, neurological and postural evaluations; and possibly an x-ray (radiographs) if he or she deems it necessary.
Your Doctor of Chiropractic is uniquely qualified to recognize and diagnose spine related injuries. He or she is the only doctor with specialized training to correct spinal problems and their multiple effects.