During this time of year, we are all prone to slipping on the ice. I got out of my car this morning, and all though I didn’t expect it, the parking lot was covered with a thin sheet of ice caused by rain that had frozen. It is obvious that should we slip and fall, we could, and most likely will, cause injury. But what if we slip and don’t fall? We have all had that experience of catching ourselves and preventing a fall. Can that cause injury? Unfortunately the answer is yes. That jarring movement can cause misalignments in the joints of the spine. Luckily, there is no ligament damage with this type of injury, and one adjustment will usually take care of it. The serious problem occurs when we do not get our spine checked following such a slip. Then the subluxations are left and will cause gradual joint damage. Later, we may develop symptoms and not know what we did to cause them. At that point, the subluxation may take several adjustments to correct. The moral of the story is, get checked now. Don’t wait to have pain. It is far less expensive and much less time consuming to get your spine checked and adjusted on a regular basis than it is to wait until there is significant damage to correct.