Determining the Level of Degeneration
Taking Steps to Prevent Future Problems
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. Don’t sit and passively watch your spine degenerate, chiropractic can reduce degeneration by improving nerve, joint, and disc health. The degeneration may be categorized into four phases depending on severity.
Spinal degeneration can happen over time and be caused by chronic subluxation. At Boots Chiropractic & Wellness Center, S.C. we help keep you active and improve your quality of life by reducing various stressors that can result in pain or aberrant motion, or ultimately degeneration. It is important to start taking care of your spine at the first signs of trouble. the sooner care starts, the better you will be. That is why it is recommended for children to have spinal checkups to make sure there are no signs of subluxation. Remember, various stressors can take their toll, so an early detection of any issues is crucial to maintaining your spinal health. 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, take their tolls.
Phases of Spinal Degeneration
Subluxation (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 through them is interfered with. Your joints, discs, and nerves are stressed and aged more quickly. surprisingly, there may be 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.
Disc Decay and Narrowing (PHASE 2) – Here there is a much greater degree of decay, disc narrowing and bone spur (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 diminished ability to cope with stress. Height continues to decrease. With chiropractic care significant improvement is possible.
Bone and Nerve Damage (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.
Irreversible Bony Malformation (PHASE 4) – This is the most advanced stage of subluxation degeneration. The postural imbalance is sever 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.