The basic reason why inflammation might not ever quit is simply because the thing that is causing it never goes away. If you have gum disease and never deal with it, you will have inflamed gums until they rot away, as nasty as that sounds. If you have a stomach ulcer the same thing can happen until the ulcer gets big enough that you bleed to death. All very bad outcomes. But the important thing with regard to our work here is inflammation of/in/from the spine. When your spine is damaged by time, life, and gravity (TLG), there will be inflammation. And there is certainly no adult spine out there that is not damaged by TLG. It is a pandemic.
So if everyone has some inflammation in their spine how big a deal is that? To answer that requires you know the 3 consequences to spinal inflammation; 1 – PAIN, 2 – ACCELERATED DEGENERATION, 3 – DISEASE. Inflammation, if you have enough of it, will cause pain. It is the primary cause of back and back-related pain. 90% of all humans will suffer from back pain. Degeneration - More money will be spent on the treatment of back pain than any other single disease or health problem, by far. Disability from a bad back is the #1 cause of disability. Over 50% of all whiplash victims will suffer chronic neck pain. 14% of them will become disabled. That alone is the equivalent of the population of the entire state of Wyoming becoming disabled just from whiplash every year! Disease - As is stated and reviewed in detail in the Time Magazine Article “The Fires Within” inflammation is becoming the go-to cause or co-cause of a great many chronic diseases that we humans suffer, including cancer, heart disease, asthma, and many others. In short, inflammation is responsible for more pain than anything else, causes more disability than anything else, and if that is not enough, causes disease and foreshortens your life. Isn’t that great?!
There are ways to measure your blood inflammation, and if you ask your medical doctor he can run a test called cardiac C - reactive protein. There are easier ways to measure your spinal inflammation, which is exactly what we are doing when we examine you here at my office. At the end of that exam you get your TSV-Total Subluxation Value, the number we use to measure the amount of inflammation and nerve stress you have in your spine. And every treatment tool we use here is all about reducing that number as much as possible.