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Spinal degeneration is a major cause of chronic
disability in the adult working population.  The
degenerative process is often caused by long standing
stress and untreated Vertebral Subluxation present in
your spine.  The condition is like tooth decay; it develops
silently and painlessly for years, before any symptoms or
damage occur.  When your spine degenerates, your
spinal bones begin to deform, your discs swell and then
shrink; your ligaments, tendons and muscles begin to
harden and weaken.  Your entire spinal column loses its
balance, flexibility, stability, mobility and strength.  Your
nerves, body chemistry and internal organs can also be
affected.  Spinal degeneration can make it harder to
adapt to the pressures of every day life.
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Spinal degeneration is also known as degenerative
spine, back arthritis, osteoarthritis of the spine, spinal
arthritis, disc degeneration, spinal canal stenosis,
vertebral canal stenosis and spinal stenosis.  To better
understand this damaging process, please read on as
we describe the four different phases of spinal
degeneration that have been identified.
Degeneration Phase 1:  This phase involves the slight loss of normal spinal balance, mobility, and curvature.  
Your joints, discs, nerves, and posture become stressed and deteriorate more quickly.  Most people describe
their condition, during this stage, as an occasional stiffness or achiness that comes and goes.  Others indicate
that it only bothers them with irregular or increased activity levels.  A decrease in energy and loss of height as
result of these spinal changes has also been reported.  Unfortunately, most people experience no pain or
discomfort, even though they have a real problem developing silently.  It is best to address this problem during
this phase, while there is a generally good response to Chiropractic spinal care.
Degeneration Phase 2:  In the second phase of this process, the damage begins to set in.  Narrowing of the
discs and bone deformations, such as bone spurs, are often present.  Your posture can continue to worsen
along with an increase in fatigue levels.  This phase of the condition is very common in the forty year old age
group.  In many cases spinal range of motion significantly becomes reduced.  If Chiropractic spinal treatment is
started now, significant improvement is possible.  A slowing or stopping of this damaging process may be
Degeneration Phase 3:  In the third phase of degeneration, most individuals will experience significantly
increased postural imbalances, nerve damage, permanent scar tissue, advanced bone deformation damage.  A
significant loss of energy and body height occurs at this point.  Traditional activity level for the individual becomes
more unlikely, as the spine continues to lose more and more of its proper mobility and function.  Chiropractic
treatment during this phase can potentially reduce associated pain levels, increase mobility and possibly slow
this progressive process.
Degeneration Phase 4:  This is the most advanced stage of spinal degeneration and most of the damage that
has occurred is permanent.   There is extensive nerve damage, permanent scar tissue and the spinal bones may
begin to fuse together.  Postural imbalances are far more evident and mobility becomes quite limited, further
impairing the ability to perform normal activities.   At this point, the condition is considered uncorrectable,
although Chiropractic care may give some symptomatic pain relief.
Spinal degeneration is a normal part of aging.  Neck and back pain are one of life's most common infirmities,
making it ironic, that there are many ways to attempt to slow this process down to normal levels, but they are
rarely utilized or prescribed.  You need not sit and passively watch your spine and your quality of life deteriorate to
this degenerative process.  Restoration of normal function and quality of life can be achieved by using the
Chiropractic method of joint mobility.  You can reduce, halt and even reverse the earliest phases of spinal
degeneration by keeping your joints, nerves and discs healthy.  Chiropractic works by restoring and improving
spinal balance, mobility and posture naturally.
Of course, the best approach to spinal degeneration is to prevent it in the first place!  For this reason, we always
stress early care to stop and prevent the advancement of subluxation related spinal degeneration.  If you’re not
under Chiropractic care, the best time to start is NOW!
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