Is the Spinal Subluxation a Risk Factor?
SOURCE: Dynamic Chiropractic
By Meridel I. Gatterman, MA, DC, MEd
Risk factors come in a variety of distinctions, from those for cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer to those less than life-threatening but nonetheless undesirable conditions affecting the quality of a person’s life. A risk factor causes a person to be particularly vulnerable to an unwanted, unpleasant or unhealthful event. Risk factors predispose individuals to developing specific conditions. It has been suggested spinal subluxation could be considered such a risk factor. Subluxation As a Risk Factor
The following questions should be examined if the concept of subluxation as a risk factor is considered:
- Is subluxation of one region of the spine a risk factor for different signs and symptoms as opposed to a subluxation in another spinal area?
- If so, does a subluxation in one area create a different syndrome than when it occurs in a different region?
- Does clinical observation suggest there are different subluxation syndromes associated with different spinal areas? 
- Does a subluxation in the upper cervical region cause a different syndrome than a subluxation in the lower cervical region, and does a subluxation of the sacroiliac joint cause a different syndrome than one at a costovertebral joint? Does a patient’s symptomatic complaints and observable signs lead you to suspect a subluxation of one spinal region as opposed to another?
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