Spinal Degeneration Phases

Spinal Degeneration

You can think of it as Spinal Decay. This process in the spine has similarities to tooth decay in that it shows up usually because of neglect. And, like tooth decay, it can happen to anyone, regardless of age and long before any pain sets in.

Because it is often seen in older people, many believe its merely the normal aging process. However, it appears that this progressively worsening, degenerative condition is the result of uncorrected spinal misalignments or subluxations. It’s one of the ways your body deals with the physical stress.

Degeneration Phase 1

The first stage of spinal degeneration is when there is a minor loss of normal spinal alignment 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 or symptoms. 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 often a 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 for the nerves begins to narrow, there are often significant symptoms, aches and pains associated. Fatigue and stress are more common at this stage. There is still a chance of improvement at this stage with the proper care.

Degeneration Phase 3

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.

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.


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