The Stages of Spinal Degeneration
This is another essential chiropractic poster. It explains the Three Stages of Spinal Degeneration next to cervical radiographs and the Autonomic Nervous System illustration.
The Stages of Spinal Degeneration.
Vertebrae are smooth, healthy and perfectly aligned.
The curvature is normal and there is equal spacing between the vertebrae.
The openings (neural foramina) between the vertebrae allow the nerves to exit freely without interference.
Lack of mobility/fixation prohibits fluid to pump in & out of the discs, thus the discs dry out becoming thinner and less supportive.
There is a loss of curvature and narrowing of the neural foramina which will lead to nerve damage.
Pain & fatigue are likely symptoms.
This stage is often reversible.
There is a significant loss of normal spinal curve and disc space.
Loss of energy and reduced height are probable symptoms.
Bone adapt to the forces and loads under which it is placed.
As a result, bone deformation such as calcium deposits and bone spurs (osteophytes) develop.
Cartilage and bone are degenerating.
Bones fuse causing joint immobilization – inability to turn, bend and twist.
There is irreparable nerve damage.
Constant pain and discomfort are common.
This stage is generally irreversible.
Receiving chiropractic care in time is key to prevent, reverse or stop spinal degeneration.