Causes Of Loss Of Range Of Motion


In this video, Dr. Troy Dreiling talks about the integrity of the motion segments within your spine and shows some causes of loss of range of motion.

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Video Transcription

Hey, Dr. Troy here, the Vancouver Chiropractor.  

I want to talk about the integrity of the motion segments of the spine.  Wow!  Big word, but listen, there’s 313 spinal joints from the base of your skull all the way down to your sacrum and your low back.  There’s 313 spinal joints that go through a certain range of motion.  We know what normal range of motion is; we know what abnormal range of motion is.  What we want to talk about today is that integrity of motion.

If the motion in a motor unit say this here, [motions towards top of spinal diagram] the second and third or fourth and fifth cervical vertebra, if that motion of that joint isn’t proper, it’s aberrant; it’s abnormal; it’s restricted.  What’s going to happen? There’s a whole complex of things that’s going to happen.  

One of things that people always go, “Well, what causes it? And they go, “I wasn’t in a car accident.”  But, that’s only one cause of aberrant joint motion.  It could be sleeping wrong. It could be sitting on a plane too long.  It could be sitting in a car.  It could be your computer work, your desk work.  It could be a trauma.  It could be a slip.  It could be at fall.   It could be a fall when you when you’re a kid, off your bike, and the underlying cause has been brewing for many years.

Muscular Component

If we’ve got loss of motion segment integrity that’s going to have, number one, it’s going to have a muscular component. Therefore, the muscles may be tight or restricted on one side versus the other.  You might have adhesions, fibrosis, which is kind of like that little piece of gristle in the New York steak.  That’s fibrosis, you start developing that in the soft tissues. You could have ligament issues.  You could have disc issues.

Neurological Component

And, always when there’s vertebral subluxation there’s a neurological component, that means the messages coming out of the brain, through the nerves, are going to be disturbed. They’re going to be congested.  Well, what does that look like, symptom wise?  It varies. Everybody is wired very similar, but yet, they’re different.  So you could have skin issues. You could have sensitivity in your skin.  You can have loss of reflexes.  You have numbness, tingling and burning, sharp stabbing pain.  You can just have tightness.  These are all signs that there’s aberrant spinal joint motion.  Over time, if those joints don’t move and there’s been trauma or there’s just been trauma and no movement, those joints will degenerated.


So, how do you know that it’s there?  Well, you have to get checked, to get examined.  X-ray helps us see.  Is there decay in the spine?  How long has it been there?   Decay in the spine is a predisposing factor for a lesser quality of life.  That doesn’t mean everybody is going to have that decay in their spine but it’s a predisposing factor.  So, I always recommend people get checked to see what’s going on with them; what other symptoms.  Then let’s correlate that to see if there’s aberrant motion in the spine. If there is, we can help!

So if you’re interested, come in.  We will check you.  The consultations are always free in our office.  The phone number to call is 360 260 6903.  This is Dr. Troy, serving Vancouver for over 22 years.