You are probably wondering why I would connect arthritis to children’s health. The sad reality is that we are now seeing a large number of children with the beginnings of arthritis. A current research study revealed that osteoarthritis can be seen on x-ray in 10 percent of fifteen-year-olds. Were you aware that this condition is so prevalent in children? Why are children being diagnosed with traditionally “adult” diseases, like heart disease and diabetes? And what is a good solution?
Osteoarthritis is a “wear-and-tear” disorder that we believe is an inescapable part of aging. It can be detected in 35 percent of the population by age thirty. By the time someone is seventy years old, this condition seems to be universal. Osteoarthritis and spinal degeneration are characterized by pain, deformity, limited movement and disability. Until recently, any notion of slowing it down, stopping it, or reversing this condition has been looked upon as absolute heresy.
But let me ask you: Why is it that some joints wear out, while others do not? If you have spinal degeneration at one level, why not at all levels? All of your bones are the same age, so they should be wearing out at the same rate, yes? The answer is lack of mobility. If a spinal joint is affected by vertebral subluxation, it is not moving properly. This causes the disc between the bones to shrink, and the body will stabilize the damaged area the only way it can – by laying down extra bone (bone spurs). Like any chronic disorder, this degenerative process will snowball if it is not corrected in an early stage.
Spinal degeneration and osteoarthritis result from years of undetected vertebral subluxation that most likely has its roots in childhood: a fall off the swings or the monkey bars, contact injuries from soccer or football, learning to snowboard or ice skate. We all go to the dentist to identify cavities before they make our teeth fall out. Using the same logic, everyone should have a chiropractic checkup for their spine and nervous system, as part of a 100-year lifestyle! It is my job to keep as many body parts in good working order as possible, for as long as possible. If you want to create a game plan to help your kids age in a normal and healthy way, call our office at 651-757-5096 for a complimentary consultation!