“Spinal calcification: A silent development, an insidious danger, and an often overlooked condition due to its lack of apparent initial symptoms. But what do we understand about this ailment?
WHAT IS SPINAL CALCIFICATION?
Spinal calcification is a condition where calcium accumulates in the ligaments connecting the cervical vertebral bodies to the spinous and transverse processes, leading to the calcification of the spine and the formation of bone spurs along the vertebral column.
Spinal calcification phenomenon
The phenomenon of spinal calcification can occur at any part of the spine. Once bone spurs press on the surrounding nerves and blood vessels, they cause intense pain, numbness, and significantly reduced mobility. The most common sites of spinal calcification are the cervical and lumbar regions.
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What causes spinal calcification?
– Natural aging processes that lead to vertebral and intervertebral disc wear, gradually forming bone spurs.
– Heavy labor, overexertion, and maintaining poor posture for long durations.
– Trauma or forceful impacts resulting from accidents or physical activities that injure the ligaments and nerves.
– Nutritional deficiencies of calcium and other nutrients beneficial to the musculoskeletal system can also cause early calcification.
– Abnormalities in calcium absorption lead to an abnormal increase in body calcium levels.
There are many causes of spinal calcification
Dangerous complications of spinal calcification
– Vestibular disorders: Calcification of the cervical spine can form bone spurs that press on blood vessels, impairing blood circulation to the brain and causing nausea, dizziness, anxiety, fatigue, memory loss, and persistent insomnia.
– Disc herniation risk: Calcification of the vertebral bodies can impair disc elasticity, increasing the risk of the herniated disc protruding outwards.
– Spinal stenosis: Bone spurs can narrow the spinal canal, altering the spinal structure and causing persistent pain.
– Permanent paralysis: Long-term compression and damage to nerves can impair their transmission functions, leading to loss of movement.
Spinal calcifications can cause disc herniation
How to recognize spinal calcification
According to Dr. Bill Collins, a chiropractor with 20 years of experience, it’s challenging to determine whether you have spinal calcification as its symptoms closely resemble other spinal disorders. However, if you are in your 40s or 50s and are experiencing the following signs, seeking medical help and imaging tests is recommended as soon as possible.
– Joint stiffness: Pain and difficulty in moving the calcified areas. In lumbar calcification, bending and turning become challenging, whereas in cervical calcification, twisting or bending the neck causes significant pain.
– Intense chilling pain: This condition increasingly occurs, and pain spreads over a wide area.
– Numbness in hands and feet: When calcification affects the spinal cord and peripheral nerves, patients may experience a crawling sensation or tingling in their extremities.
Spinal calcifications have many different manifestations depending on the cause
Is chiropractic effective in treating spinal calcification?
The best way to effectively treat spinal calcification is to have regular musculoskeletal health check-ups for early detection before the condition becomes severe. Once diagnosed, don’t overly stress or take temporary pain relief medication. Medication overuse can impact the liver, kidneys, and stomach, deviating from the treatment direction and not addressing the root cause of the disease.
Non-surgical spinal calcification treatment
Modern medicine in the US and Europe highly appreciates chiropractic treatment for spinal calcification, with the principle: NO DRUGS – NO SURGERY – NO HOSPITALIZATION.
Combined with high-tech machines in the treatment process
Chiropractic adjustments: Manual alignment helps correct vertebral misalignments, relieving nerve root compression. It enables ligaments, muscles, and joints to stretch flexibly, dissolves accumulated calcium, stimulates blood circulation, and prevents the progression of calcification and bone spurs.
Physical therapy: In-depth muscle treatment helps eliminate muscle knots, trigger points in the muscular system, softens stiff muscles, and improves mobility.
Advanced treatments: With the help of a DTS traction table, a new generation laser projector, and Shockwave therapy, the healing process is accelerated, promoting faster regeneration of bone, tendon, and soft tissues, TRIPLES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE TREATMENT.
Therapeutic exercise: Comprehensive exercises speed up recovery, significantly improve mobility, and prevent recurrence.”
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