Why You Might Be Suffering from Alteration of Motion Segment Integrity

Do you have neck or back pain because of an accident? If so, you may have an alteration of motion segment integrity.

Alteration of motion segment integrity (AOMSI) is a serious but often undiagnosed injury that can occur during sudden impact accidents and cause long-lasting adverse effects to your body. Thankfully, there are ways to detect and treat AOMSI.

Why is AOMSI So Serious?

The spinal cord is an integral part of the body because it houses the nerves that convey information from the brain to the body and vice versa. In an AOMSI, a spinal subluxation occurs. The spine is a series of vertebrae stacked on top of each other and connected by ligaments. Accordingly, spinal subluxation is when one of those vertebrae is out of place.

AOMSI can not only cause pain, but it can hinder the transmission of critical information to and from the brain, which can have serious long-term effects. Chiropractic care is necessary to realign these vertebrae and begin the healing process.

What Happens When AOMSI Goes Untreated

Since AOMSI is impossible to notice without the correct technology, it often is left undiagnosed by doctors and chiropractors. Like any spinal injury, the results of ignoring AOMSI are damaging and lasting. Here is a short list of some of the long-term effects of an untreated AOMSI injury:

  • Neck or back irritation after walking, performing household chores, or other non-strenuous activities
  • A decrease in range of motion in your neck or back
  • Stiffness or swelling along your spine

How to Diagnose and Treat AOMSI

Radiologists have developed technology to help chiropractors and doctors test for AOMSI. Radiographic mensuration analysis was developed to diagnose AOMSI in patients. This process of using a specialized x-ray machine can detect both the severity and specific location of the spinal subluxation.

When destabilization occurs as a result of spinal subluxation, the spine needs to be stabilized. This means that it must be put back into its proper place (realigned) and given time to gain strength before physical strain can be put on those vertebrae. After chiropractic treatment, the length of recovery time is dependent on the severity of damage caused by the injury.

Get Tested for AOMSI Today

If you are experiencing any back pain or immobility due to an accident, you should consider getting tested for AOMSI as soon as possible. Whether you have whiplash from a car accident, soreness from an injury that occurred on a film set, or any pain after a traumatic collision, Dr. Giovanelli can make sure you get the care you need.

Dr. Giovanelli and his team know how debilitating both pain and immobility can be – no matter the severity. That’s why they will take the time to get to know you, your accident, and your current complications on a deep level to ensure you get the treatment you deserve.

If you are interested in getting tested or treated for AOMSI, please call (770) 487-1228.