Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • April 2016
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Squeaky joints got you down?

Most people think that arthritic conditions only affect the elderly, but the sad reality is that we see a large number of children in our clinic with the beginnings of osteoarthritis — spinal degeneration. Some of these children are very young — six, seven and 10 years old!

The type of arthritis we are describing is osteoarthritis, most often touted as a “wear and tear” type phenomenon, which for years has been associated with aging. This type of arthritis is the most widespread. It can be detected in 35 percent of the general population by the age of 30, although our experience tells us that this number should be closer to 70 percent to be more accurate. By the time someone is 70 years old, this condition seems to be universal.

A study by J.S. Lawrence, an osteoarthritis specialist in the US, a few years ago revealed that osteoarthritis can be noted on an X-ray in 10 percent of 15 year olds. (From our experience with children and research, that figure should be closer to 50 percent.)

This is not OK!

Osteoarthritis has been characterized clinically by pain, deformity, limitation of movement and eventually, by disability. It has been universally accepted as a simple and inescapable part of aging. Any notion or thought even remotely associated with slowing it down, stopping it or most certainly, reversing this condition, has been looked upon until recently as absolute “heresy.”

Repairing the joints

Joints in your body are areas where two bones come together for the purpose of movement. The ends of these bones are lined with a very special material called cartilage, which is designed in such a way as to prevent friction so that movement is smooth. (As a matter of fact, the surface of the cartilage that lines your joints is so perfect it’s to be almost frictionless.) It is a self-regenerating mechanism — cartilage has the ability to regenerate. The whole joint is then bathed continuously in a special synovial fluid, which acts like a lubricant.

Essentially, osteoarthritis is your own body’s attempt to repair something that has been damaged or under undue stress, such as from a vertebral subluxation — a change in the alignment or function of some of the bones of the spine.

Vertebrae in the spine are separated by a disc, which also undergoes a number of changes. It tends to decrease in size and fissures form in its material. This tends to lead to instability and as a result, the normal body’s repair phenomena is called into play in an attempt to stabilize an area that is unstable. As a result, we see the formation of calcium deposits and bone spurs. These are seen as buttressing mechanisms to aid stability. Arthritis is now no longer seen in terms of an actual disease; it is viewed as your own body attempting to repair an area of your spine that is unstable.

Arthritis is not caused by aging, it’s caused by some of the vertebrae in the spine being subluxated and never corrected, among other reasons. The reason we see it in children is often as the result of some traumatic incident that caused the subluxation to begin with.


It’s possible to not only slow down this condition but also to arrest it and actually reverse the damage! It’s important to have children checked to determine whether or not they have subluxations, not only from the perspective of ensuring normal health and function of the nervous system, but also to make certain there is no error in the function of the vertebrae, which would then cause this arthritic process.

What can I do?

  • Ingest approximately 1,500 milligrams of glucosamine sulphate with chondroitin per day, with meals. Glucosamine is part of the collagen matrix that makes up the substance of your discs and ligament structures. It will literally “feed” your discs. Chondroitin provides the raw materials needed for the repair of cartilage lining your joints.
  • Boswelia Complex will reduce much of the inflammation and hence the pain of osteoarthritis. Take calcium and magnesium, 1,500-2,000 milligrams per day.
  • Take lots of vitamin C and bioflavonoids, between 2,500-8,000 milligrams per day. Vitamin B-complex is also important.
Dr. Julie Wyss, BS, DC, Webster Certified

Dr. Julie Wyss and her husband Dr. Skip Wyss are the owners and pediatric chiropractors at Wyss Family Clinic of Chiropractic, the largest family chiropractic office in Wisconsin that specializes in pediatrics and pregnancy at 2830 Curry Court Ste #2, Green Bay. The doctors are both certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) in the Webster Technique, used to treat pregnant women and help with optimal fetal positioning for an uncomplicated delivery. The doctors are both completing their CACCPs and DACCPs, 400-hour grueling programs through the ICPA, which raises the bar for chiropractic standards in the care of pregnant women, infants and children. The doctors are both board certified by the state in nutrition, authors, parents, internationally recognized speakers on pregnancy and pediatrics and are very active in their community and nonprofits. You can contact them at 920-468-4199 or via the web at

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