Doctor John J Kozik D.C.
Osteoarthritis is commonly considered a "wear-and-tear" process and is associated with degenerative changes in the disc, which results in an altered relationship (derangement) between adjacent vertebrae. This derangement causes an increased strain, as well as a loss of motion of the gliding joints of the spine. These gliding joints (facets) are found in pairs, along the entire spine, and their function is to allow for movement and flexibility of the spine. When these facet joints are subjected to repeated trauma from excessive strenuous athletic activities, heredity, weak abdominal muscles, and the inevitable aging process, low back and/or leg pain is commonly experienced.
Degenerative changes in the disc or an altered function in the facet joints, for whatever reason, contributes significantly to the "wear-and-tear" process, placing a strain upon this important area of the spine. The osteoarthritis spine becomes less flexible, and therefore becomes more vulnerable to injury. A simple unexpected or forced movement, physically heavy work, improper posture, frequent bending or lifting, all these can produce strain and injury to these facet joints.
As the Intervertebral disc narrows, it loses height, mobility, and often forms bony spurs which may irritate the spinal nerve roots as the disc space narrows.
Specific chiropractic adjustment of the spine improve spinal mobility and unlock the facet joints helping to relieve the accompanying muscular, ligamentous, and tendon contractions, as well as the mechanical or reflex irritation of the nerve root. It is important to follow the specific instructions of your doctor regarding your work activity, leisure activity, exercise program, weight control, occupational factors, and frequency of visits in order to achieve the optimum relief from your back pain and to prevent recurrence.
Should symptoms recur, consult your chiropractor promptly.