Degeneration & the Chiropractic Lifestyle
The Chiropractic Lifestyle
Regardless of age, when spinal damage goes uncorrected, the body deposits calcium on the surface of adjacent bones that are not moving properly. If neglected long enough, this splinting effect can result in complete fusion. This worsening process is called ‘degeneration’ and it can occur throughout the spine and in every joint of the body. Researchers recognize several phases of decay.
Spinal degeneration is how the body responds to improperly functioning spinal joints. With early detection appropriate care has been show to slow, stop, and even reverse the early stages of this disease process. Ask Dr. Kiefer to design a unique program of preventive care for you today!
Normal Cervical Curve
Normal curves and proper disc spacing allow normal function of the spine and nervous system.
This stage is usually seen as the misalignment and malfunction of the spine. Normal spinal motion, curves, and disc spacing are altered. Because the body is so adaptable, this early phase can exist without the warning of pain or other symptoms. If left uncorrected, the degeneration continues.
Recognized on X-ray views of the spine by visible bone spurs and rough edges of the vertebrae. Soft tissues, such as discs and ligaments degenerate from the lack of normal joint movement. Again, pain or other symptoms may not be present.
A lifetime of neglect may cause the eventual fusion of the malfunctioning joints. Atrophy, permanent nerve damage, and soft tissue degeneration are prevalent. Reduced mobility and impaired nervous system function can diminish one’s quality of life.
Phase One Cervical Spine
Loss of normal curves and nervous system dysfunction result from uncorrected spinal trauma.
Phase Two Cervical Spine
Bone spurs and abnormal bony growths distort the shape and function of the vertebrae.
Phase Three Cervical Spine
After years of neglect, the improperly functioning spinal joints often fuse together.