Chiropractic professionals often use a thorough examination of the spine and surrounding tissues to identify the root of a patient’s symptoms. In many cases, X-rays are the solution. They allow chiropractors a full view of the condition of the spine.
One commonly identified problem in patients who complain of stiffness and limited mobility is bone spurs. Although bone spurs may form as a result of numerous conditions, one of the most common is diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH).
When presented with spinal bone spurs, chiropractors must be cautious of DISH before moving forward with treatment. Proper diagnosis of this condition may allow you to avoid potentially harmful treatment and ensure your patient gets the best care possible. Ideal Spine’s advanced Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) technique aim to treat patients mobility problems without damaging their spine.
What is DISH?
DISH is a common form of arthritis, affecting the tendons and ligaments surrounding the spine – particularly those in the neck and upper back. Over time, these tissues can calcify. This often results in the formation of bone spurs where the tissues connect to the spine. The spine is not the only area of bone formation affected; however, it is the most common.
DISH is a progressive disease that often becomes more serious over time. This can result in pain and stiffness that worsens as the bones harden and bone spurs continue to form. Spinal fractures in the spine are also somewhat common as a result of DISH.
Bone spurs around the spine are particularly dangerous. They can begin to press on surrounding tissues and nerves. In the event of nerve compression, patients may experience difficulty swallowing and numbness or tingling in the arms and legs.
However, many people experience no symptoms, which means the condition can go undetected for quite a while. Many patients are not diagnosed until an imaging test reveals the presence of bone spurs.
Experts are unsure of what exactly causes DISH, but the condition tends to be more common in men over the age of 50. Unfortunately, there is no cure for DISH. A comprehensive treatment plan is usually necessary to manage any symptoms the patient experiences.
Chiropractic treatments for spinal bone spurs
Once bone spurs are identified and DISH is diagnosed, a treatment plan must be created to help the patient manage their symptoms. Chiropractic treatment may be useful in improving the patient’s range of motion in the spine and decreasing pain or stiffness.
Chiropractors must handle areas of the spine that have the potential for fracture carefully. Through gentle manipulation techniques, patients may respond well to chiropractic with little need for other forms of treatment. In addition to in-office procedures, chiropractors should inform patients of the potential benefits of heat and at-home exercises. These may help improve mobility and manage pain on a daily basis.
Chiropractic training through Ideal Spine helps chiropractors identify the best solutions to their patients’ spinal problems. Let us teach you the value of a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach in diagnosing sensitive conditions like DISH. Contact us to learn more today!
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