Hi, my name is Dr. Aaron Casselman from Pinnacle Chiropractic. And I’ve got a quick video for you today about a situation that I hear a lot of patients mention to me when they first come in. That their lower back pain or back pain anywhere really, but usually lower back pain is moving around a lot. And it doesn’t stay in one spot. That’s very confusing for people. It’s actually super, super common. If you think about the spine, we’ve got 27 bones stacked on top of each other and each level there’s nine joints. There is so much going on in the spine. If you hurt one of these things, you can feel it almost anywhere. It’s really hard to pinpoint exactly where the problem is just based on where the pain location is. So when someone hurts their back, it’s going to start on the left and then moves to the right. And then I hear all the time. It works its way up to the middle or upper back.

This is really, really common it’s because the spine is so complex or so many joints in there. If you hurt your elbow, you’re going to have elbow pain. It’s basically a hinge. It’s not going to move around typically, maybe radiate a tad, but in general, it’s going to be right in your elbow. The spine is a totally different situation. In addition, the spine also houses your nervous system. So if you have a spinal issue, not only can that area hurt and they can move around that area. But now because of those nerves are coming out of your spine, you can have problems wherever those nerves go as well. So for example, if you have a neck issue, you can have pain all around your neck or even in your head.

But now because it’s in the neck, the nerves that come out of your neck, go down your arm into your hands. So you could have problems in your arm or hand even. And in the lower back, that same thing happens down into the leg or foot. A lot of people call that Sciatica. That’s because the nerves are coming out of the spine. So this pain moves around and you can feel in different parts of your body. And it’s actually really common. It’s actually more common for people to have moving pain around spinal issues, as opposed to the pain that just stays in the same place. Hopefully that cleared some stuff up for you. If you guys need anything or have any questions or anything, Pinnacle Chiropractic, I’m Dr. Aaron Casselman, talk to you soon.

An old belief still exists that cracking knuckle joints leads to arthritis. Research put this theory to the test. Studies performed in the mid 1970’s and again in 2011 proved that no connection exists between cracking knuckles and arthritis. Dr. Donald Unger, a medical doctor, earned a Nobel Prize in 2009 for his sixty-year study proving that knuckle cracking did not contribute to arthritis. Not only was no correlation found between knuckle cracking and arthritis, but the research also showed a completely opposite effect. People who regularly cracked the knuckle joints in their hand experienced less arthritis than those who did not. These findings help further clarify the benefits and unique value of long-term chiropractic adjustments on the spine.

Knuckle joints in the hand share nearly identical characteristics to many of the joints that connect vertebrae in the spine. A myth once existed amongst people who believed regular chiropractic visits weakened the spine. Unfounded fears also led some people to believe that consistent chiropractic care from birth through adulthood contributes to the development of arthritis. These myths and fears never withstood the rigor of science and research. The evidence found among millions of chiropractic patients around the world, both current and in the past, attest to the fact that regular chiropractic adjustments both improve and prevent many forms of arthritis.

Science explains how regular and frequent chiropractic check-ups and adjustments improve the integrity of the spine and function of the nervous system. Research and clinical outcomes suggest the best way to utilize chiropractic comes through consistent and frequent adjustments over the course of a lifetime. Regular attention given to the spine helps increase strength, durability, and movement while balancing function of the autonomic nervous system. Many disease processes directly result from an imbalanced autonomic nervous system. Heart disease, immune deficiencies, attention problems, breathing troubles, and many more autonomic-related dysfunctions originate with an unhealthy and imbalanced nervous system. Resolution and prevention of many symptoms and conditions can occur by balancing the nervous system through regular and frequent chiropractic adjustments.

Movement plays a critical role in preventing degeneration of any joint in the body including the small knuckle joints in the hand or bigger spinal joints surrounded by muscles. The spine uniquely connects to the nervous system and increasing movement in spinal joints helps the brain and nervous system function at optimal levels. Chiropractic influences the brain and prevents arthritis and degeneration by improving movement and spinal alignment in all ages from infants to adults.


Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM Mar-Apr 2011 Knuckle cracking and hand osteoarthritis.” Kevin Deweber 1Mariusz OlszewskiRebecca Ortolano

The Western Journal of Medicine May 1975 “The consequences of habitual knuckle cracking.” R L Swezey, S E Swezey