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Phases of Disc Degeneration

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Normal Cervical Spine

Normal Curves and proper disc spacing allow normal function of the spine & nervous system.

Regardless of age, when spinal damage goes uncorrected, the body deposits calcium on the surface of the adjecent bones that aren't moving properly.

If neglected long enough, this splinting effect can result in complete fusion. This worsening process is called Subluxation Degeneration and can occur throughout the spine.

Researchers recognize several phases of spine delay:

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Phase I Cervical Spine

Loss of normal curves and nervous system dysfunction result from uncorrected spinal trauma.

Usually seen as the misalignment and malfunction of the spine. Normal spinal motion, curves & disc spacing are  altered. Because the body is so adaptable,  this early phase  can exist without warning of pain or other symptoms. If left uncorrected, the degeneration continues.

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Phase II Cervical Spine

Bone spurs and abnormal bony growths distort the shape and function of the vertebrae.

Recognized by the X-ray views of the spine by visible bone spurs and rough edges of the vertebrae. Soft tissues, such as discs & Ligaments degenerate from the lack of normal joint movement. Again, pain or other symptoms may not be present.

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Phase III Cervical Spine

After years of neglect, the improperly functioning spinal joints often fuse together.

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, diminish one's quality of life.

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"Normal" 75-Year-Old Cervical Spine

This 75-year old patient prevented Subluxation Degeneration with many years of regular chiropractic checkups.

Subluxation Degeneration is how the body responds to improperly functioning spinal joints.
With early detection, adequate chiropractic care has been shown to slow, stop or even reverse the early stages of this process. Ask you doctor to design a program of preventive care of you.


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