Did you know that spinal degeneration (DJD/Osteoarthiritis) could start to occur within two weeks of an accident, even if there is no pain. Physical, emotional, and chemical stress can set the following cascade into motion.
The muscles surrounding a joint, in an effort to protect an injured joint will go into spasm and contracture. These tightened muscles then lead to the stiffening of the joint and surrounding tissue. The cartilage begins to shrink and the joint begins to degenerate.
This whole process takes place even after the pain disappears. This can be cooking in your spine for years before the symptoms rear their ugly head. You may bend down to pick up a pencil and not be able to stand back up, or just wake up not being able to move your neck.
The good news is that chiropractic can help not only reverse this process but more importantly prevent it from happening. The only way to know if this process is taking place is to visit your New York City chiropractor to get your spine checked.
For more information check out the Chiropractic conditions page of our website.
Dr. Nicholas Baiata is a chiropractor in NYC. You can call Dr. Baiata at (212) 343-3112 to schedule your visit.