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What have you done in the last three days?

For nine years, researchers at Palmer College of Chiropractic and National University of Health Sciences studied the effects of ‘stuck’ spinal joints in a rat model.  Our very own Dr. Weisberg participated in the initial grant preparation for this landmark study.

The researchers found that joint fixation in rats did, indeed, lead to degenerative changes.  In fact, there was evidence that facet (spine joint) degeneration began within 72 hours of joint fixation. 

"These results are consistent with our current theoretical model of one of the beneficial effects of chiropractic adjusting," says Dr. Cramer, the lead investigator.  "They indicate that reduced mobility does cause degenerative changes of the spine, and that the joint surfaces undergo changes fairly early -changes that precede bony changes”.

The results also indicate that increased mobility may put the brakes on this degeneration.   If adjusted within the first week the degenerative changes could be reversed. 

But you’d better… snap to it (pardon the pun). If the joint remained fixated for longer than a week, evidence of more permanent damage was seen in the early development of bone spurs. 

If the rat model results mirror a human model, Dr. Cramer notes, "That would seem to indicate that it's important to reach people with hypomobility in their joints and increase that mobility as early as possible-before that threshold time is reached when it's not possible to reverse degenerative changes. 

So if you’ve slouched, sat slumped, leaned into your computer work, had poor posture, slept on your belly, slipped, fell, had a sport trauma, lifted or carried too much…  call today to get checked.

Cramer GT, Fournier JT, Henderson CN, Wolcott CT.  Degenerative changes following spinal fixation in a small animal mode.  JMPT 2004: 27(3). Pp 141-54.

Dr. Joel Weisberg is the Clinic Director and Principal Doctor at Downsview Chiropractic The difference it makes to a patient when they learn, receive appropriate care, feel cared for, and are empowered to self-manage, is often bigger than the relief they were seeking. Dr. Weisberg is driven to make that difference to people in their pursuit of a life lived well™.