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Unlocking the Secrets of Subluxation: The Key to a Pain-Free Life

A subluxation is a partial dislocation of a joint, which means that the joint is not completely separated but is not functioning normally. This condition can occur in any joint in the body but is most commonly found in the spine. 

Subluxations can cause pain, stiffness, and restricted movement, and can interfere with the body’s ability to function properly. In addition, subluxations can also cause nerve irritation or compression, which can lead to a range of symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness, or even organ dysfunction. 

Symptoms and Conditions Related to Subluxations:

It’s important to note that subluxations can occur without any obvious symptoms, which is why it’s recommended to see your Forum Health Chiropractor for regular checkups. By detecting and correcting subluxations early, we can help to prevent future problems and promote optimal health and wellness. 

Here are some common symptoms and conditions that may be related to subluxations: 

  • Back pain 
  • Neck pain 
  • Headaches 
  • Sciatica 
  • Shoulder pain 
  • Hip pain 
  • Knee pain 
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome 
  • Tennis elbow 
  • Plantar fasciitis 

Forum Health’s Approach

Forum Health providers use a variety of techniques to evaluate the spine and other joints in the body, and then use gentle, specific adjustments to restore normal function and alignment. By removing subluxations, our providers can help reduce pain, improve mobility, and restore proper nervous system function. 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms or conditions of subluxations, or if you simply want to maintain optimal health and function, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our chiropractic provider for an evaluation. We can help you determine if subluxations are contributing to your symptoms and develop a personalized treatment plan to address them. 


There can be different causes of subluxation depending on the specific joint and the circumstances surrounding the injury or condition. Here are some common causes of subluxation: 


  • Trauma: One of the most common causes of subluxation is trauma, such as a fall, a blow to the joint, or a sports injury. Trauma can cause the joint to become dislocated or partially dislocated, leading to a subluxation. 
  • Repetitive stress: Repetitive stress on a joint can also cause subluxation over time. This can occur with certain occupations or sports that require repetitive motions, such as baseball pitching or typing. 
  • Congenital conditions: Some people are born with structural abnormalities or genetic conditions that can make them more prone to subluxation. For example, certain connective tissue disorders can cause joint instability. 
  • Degenerative conditions: Certain degenerative conditions, such as arthritis, can cause the joint structures to weaken over time, leading to subluxation. 
  • Neurological conditions: Some neurological conditions can also cause subluxation. For example, cerebral palsy can affect the muscle control around joints, leading to instability and subluxation. 


Overall, subluxation can result from a variety of causes, and proper diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent further damage and promote healing. 

Depending on the location and severity of the subluxation, there can be various dangers associated with it. Here are some potential dangers of subluxation: 


  • Pain: Subluxation can cause significant pain, discomfort, and limited mobility in the affected joint. This pain can be acute or chronic and can significantly affect a person's quality of life. 
  • Nerve damage: Subluxation can compress or stretch the nerves in the surrounding area, leading to nerve damage. This can result in numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected area. 
  • Joint instability: Subluxation can weaken the joint and make it more prone to further injury or dislocation. This can lead to chronic instability and a higher risk of osteoarthritis. 
  • Soft tissue damage: Subluxation can cause damage to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the affected joint. This can result in swelling, bruising, and inflammation. 
  • Reduced range of motion: Subluxation can limit the range of motion of the affected joint, making it difficult to perform certain activities. 
  • Chronic pain: If left untreated, subluxation can lead to chronic pain and disability. 


Overall, subluxation can be a serious condition that requires prompt and appropriate medical attention. If you are experiencing joint pain, stiffness, or limited mobility, it is essential to consult your Forum Health provider. 

The symptoms of a subluxation can vary depending on the joint involved and the severity of the subluxation, but some common signs and symptoms include: 


  • Pain: You may experience pain in the affected joint, which can be sharp, dull, or achy. The pain may worsen with movement or activity. 
  • Limited range of motion: You may find it difficult to move the affected joint through its full range of motion. 
  • Swelling and inflammation: The joint may be swollen and tender to the touch, and there may be visible redness or warmth around the joint. 
  • Muscle spasms: Muscles surrounding the affected joint may go into spasm, which can cause additional pain and stiffness. 
  • Numbness or tingling: If a subluxation is putting pressure on nerves around the joint, you may experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected area. 

Subluxation and dislocation are both terms used to describe the displacement of bones in a joint. However, there are some differences between the two: 


Subluxation: A subluxation occurs when the bones in a joint partially dislocate, meaning they are not in their normal position but are still partially in contact with each other. This can cause pain and limited mobility in the affected joint. 


Dislocation: A dislocation occurs when the bones in a joint completely separate from each other and are no longer in contact. This can cause severe pain, swelling, and complete loss of mobility in the affected joint. 


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