Spinal Degeneration

Your Spine Degenerates in Stages or Phases:

Degeneration Phase 1
The first stage of spinal degeneration is when there is a minor loss of normal spine balance and spinal curvature. The surrounding features of the spine such as nerves, discs and joints begin to age quicker and are continually more stressed. This stage of the degeneration process rarely is accompanied with any major pain. At this point, there is a good chance that with the proper care, you can return to normal.

Degeneration Phase 2
In the second stage of spinal degeneration, there is a often narrowing of the discs and potentially deformation in the bones. Your posture is often beginning to degenerate as well at this point. As the spinal canal, or opening begins to narrow, there are often significant aches and pains associated. Fatigue and stress are more common at this stage. There is a good chance of improvement at this stage with the proper care.

Degeneration Phase 3
In the third stage of spinal degeneration, there is significant physical and mental involvement due to the level of issues here. There is most likely nerve damage as well as deformation of the bones and discs. There would a significant loss of energy and height at this point. Some reversal is possible.

Degeneration Phase 4
In the fourth stage of spinal degeneration, most damage is permanent including scar tissue, nerve damage and deformation. At this point, the condition is irreversible. Management of pain and discomfort is the best option here.

In the earlier stages of degeneration, we would hope to be able to reverse and repair the damage. In the mid and later stages we are typically working to stop or at least slow down the decay. It all depends on the individual patient's level of commitment. Cavities are prevented by tooth brushes. But, once a cavity is present the toothbrush is not going to fix it. Much the same, movement and exercise prevent much of the degeneration of the spine. Once signs of the degeneration are present, it is wise to consult a doctor of chiropractic. In fact, it is wise to consult a doctor of chiropractic anytime to make sure all is in order Why wait for symptoms? We go to the dentist when our teeth feel fine. The same goes for wellness chiropractic check-ups!

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