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C7 | Vertebrae of the Week | Bursitis

The Vertebral Prominens is either the 7th cervical vertebrae (C7) or the 1st thoracic vertebrae (T1). This refers to the vertebra that is more easily seen and/or felt at the bottom of the neck. Everyone has one vertebra that “sticks out” more than the others, which is completely normal.

Bursitis in the shoulders and elbow are symptoms associated with a subluxation (spinal misalignment) in C7. A bursa is the cushion between muscles, tendons, and joints. Bursitis is swelling and irritation of a bursa. Symptoms of bursitis are similar and nearly the same as the symptoms of tendonitis. An X-ray can often be helpful in detecting calcification of the bursae, the doctor may recommend an MRI if necessary. The only way to find out if we can help you is to Schedule an Appointment!

Conditions related to misalignment of C7 are thyroid problems. The thyroid gland is the spark plug for energy production; it controls the rate of energy production, maintains body temperature, helps regulate a child’s growth, and affects brain chemistry. Chiropractors don’t treat the diagnosis of thyroid problems they treat the whole person by helping to return a physiological dysfunction back to a more normal function. The benefit:  helping to improve the nervous system and other biochemical and physiological systems as a whole.

Other common symptoms of C7 subluxations are ailments related to the lungs, such as a cold, and little or no control of the bowel or bladder. Elbow and finger extension, particularly the middle finger, is directly affected by C7.


We would be happy to answer any questions you have about bursitis, thyroid conditions, non surgical options, general spinal health or your specific situation. To discuss your symptoms and concerns call 703-491-9355 or email