Spondylosis is a term given to vertebra that is undergoing a degenerative process.  Spondylosis has many Aka’s, one being DJD or degenerative joint disease.

Degenerative Joint Disease

According to Wikipedia, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) is a “group of diseases and mechanical abnormalities involving degradation of joints, including articular cartilage and the subchondral bone next to it.”  Spondylosis or DJD may cause inflammation, tenderness, joint stiffness, and pain.  While DJD commonly affects the weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees its also commonly seen in the hands, feet and spine.

Spondylosis of the Spine

When DJD is found in the spine, it’s most often referred to as spondylosis of the spine.  Spondylosis means that the vertebra exhibits signs of degeneration through: decreased joint/disc space, bony osteophytes present on individual vertebra, and possible diffuse osteopenia.  This is a common problem as our spine’s age, causing pain, stiffness, and limited mobility or ROM.  Once the spine exhibits these changes, they cannot be reversed.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care in the earlier years will help to decrease the chances of such a disease through the use of chiropractic adjustments to subluxations.   Chiropractors believe that a subluxation is caused from trauma or tight muscles that pull the bones of the spine or extremities out of their  proper alignment.  Subluxations cause the bones to press on the nerves which in turn disrupt nerve conduction to crucial bodily organs.  By interrupting this disease process, chiropractic can help minimize or hault the progression; thereby, preventing the symptoms that later follow.

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