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Phases Of Spinal Degeneration

What Causes Disc Degeneration?

As we age, the stresses of daily life and activity wear our body down. This can cause our spines to degenerate, resulting in pain, reduced mobility and illness. Vertebrae fuse together as the cartilage discs between the vertebrae degenerate, a misalignment known as vertebral subluxation complex is created. This ailment occurs in four phases, with each creating progressively more difficult symptoms and health issues.

Chiropractic can fix many problems associated with subluxation degeneration and help senior patients feel years younger and healthier than ever.

The Phases Of Subluxation Degeneration


The first phase of subluxation degeneration sees the normal curve of the spine alter. This doesn’t necessarily represent damage, but is a symptom of changing space between the discs. Generally this phase goes unnoticed because it carries no pain. However, proper chiropractic care can diagnose this issue and stop further misalignment and degeneration.


The second phase of vertebral subluxation sees the misalignment from phase one continue further, with spaces between the discs beginning to narrow, the patient’s range of motion beginning to limit, and stiffness and aches developing. At this point, prior damage may be irreversible, but chiropractic can help to restore function to near-normal levels.


During phase three, proper healthcare is essential or spinal fusion begins. Disc damage has by now become permanent, as has the abnormal curvature of the spine. Degeneration continues to worsen, but chiropractic can still slow or even stop the degeneration and relieve many of the symptoms you might be experiencing.


This is the final stage of subluxation degeneration. At this point, you experience a marked decrease in the quality of life, and longevity is lessened. Neurological and bone damage previously suffered are permanent and the vertebra are fused. Range of motion may be severely limited and a number of other health issues may present.