What Does a Structural Shift of the Spine Look Like?

Technology is allowing us to see things we have never seen before. Recently, I discovered something that many dentists and orthodontists use called Cone Beam CT. Basically, the technology appears to work by taking a number of x-rays and then re-organizing them on a computer to create a 3D image of what is being evaluated. While browsing a number of images, I discovered one of the cervical spine that displayed Atlas Displacement Complex, a specific type of Structural Shift in the spine. The image below shows a lateral displacement of the Atlas vertebra. It appears to have misaligned to the left side. It is fascinating to see a misalignment like this on some of the newest technology around! Don’t forget, normal structure leads to normal function and abnormal structure leads to abnormal function.

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