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The Phases Of Spinal Degeneration

Spinal degeneration develops over time as the various forms of stress exert their effects upon the spine. Many stressors can be influenced by our daily decisions as well as our choice to maintain our spinal health through regular chiropractic check-ups.

The degeneration may be categorized into one of four phases, depending on the degree of degeneration:

Degeneration Phase 1

First your spine loses its normal balance. There may be a loss of normal spinal curves. Your nerves may be affected and the vital life energy that flows over them is interfered with. Also your joints, discs, nerves and posture are stressed and age more quickly. Surprisingly, there may he no pain other than occasional minor discomfort. Also present may be a slight lessening of energy and slight height loss. Response to spinal care is generally good.

Degeneration Phase 2

Here there is a much greater degree of decay, disc narrowing and hone spurs (deformations); postural changes are much worse, This condition is very common (by age 40, 80% of males and 76% of females exhibit moderate disc degeneration). Spinal canal narrowing or stenosis may occur. This phase is characterized by more common aches and pains, fatigue and a diminished ability to cope with stress. Height continues to decrease. With chiropractic care significant improvement is possible.

Degeneration Phase 3

Here there are more postural imbalances, increased nerve damage, permanent scar tissue and advanced bone deformation. Physical and/or mental weakness or disability begin. Also found in this phase are permanent loss of height and loss of energy. With care some reversal is possible.

Degeneration Phase 4

This is the most advanced stage of subluxation degeneration. The postural imbalance is severe and motion is limited. There is severe nerve damage, permanent scar tissue is formed and the bones may begin to fuse. In this phase we find pain, various degrees of physical or mental disability, and continued loss of energy and height. By now the condition is considered irreversible, although chiropractic may give some symptomatic relief.

The Chiropractic Approach

You need not sit and passively watch your spine degenerate. Chiropractic can reduce, halt and may even reverse spinal degeneration by improving spinal balance and posture and keeping your joints, nerves and discs healthy and strong throughout your lifetime. As one researcher writes:

The restoration of motion to a previously [fixated] joint leads to a restoration of normal joint function and physiology.

Further, there is increasing evidence that some spinal degeneration may be reversible.’ As another researcher has noted:
Correction of a vertebral subluxation can not only attenuate and arrest this degenerative process, but can actually allow the condition to reverse itself.


The sooner chiropractic care is begun, the better. According to one researcher:

The earlier the degeneration process is identified... the better chance the patient has for its arrest and reversal.

Of course, the best approach to spinal degeneration is to prevent it from occurring in the first place!

‘This means bringing in your children for periodic spinal checkups to make sure their spines are free of the vertebral subluxation complex. Of course, anytime someone experiences a fall, accident or other trauma, they should have their spine checked by a doctor of chiropractic to make sure that they are subluxation-free.

Periodic spinal checkups to detect the “silent” vertebral subluxation complex are of vital importance for everyone. That’s because stress, including emotional stress, job stress, school stress, family stress and environmental stress, takes its toll on us.

For that reason you should have your spine checked periodically for vertebral subluxations, the hidden epidemic that slowly and steadily drains your life of energy, strength and wholeness.

See your chiropractor regularly to keep your spine free from subluxations and free from spinal degeneration.


If you are in pain or discomfort, please contact our office today: