Corrective Care Chiropractic

With early detection, appropriate chiropractic care has been shown to slow, stop, or even reverse the early stages of Subluxation Degeneration.

Phase 1

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

Phase 2

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.

Phase 3

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 will diminish one’s quality of life.

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Phases of Disc Degeneration

Degenerative disc disease is a condition where the degradation of your spinal discs leads to pain and discomfort. Everyone’s discs wear down over time, but not every person experiences pain due to this process

Cervical curve normal degeneration

Normal Cervical Spine

Normal curves and proper disc spacing allow normal function of the spine and nervous system.
Regardless of age, when spinal damage goes uncorrected, the body deposits calcium on the surface of adjacent bones that are unable to move 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 spinal decay:

Phase One Cervical Spine

Phase One Cervical Spine

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

Phase Two Cervical Spine

Phase Two Cervical Spine

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

Phase Three Cervical Spine

Phase Three Cervical Spine

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

Normal 75-Year-Old Cervical Spine

“Normal” 75-Year-Old Cervical Spine

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

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How Chiropractic Treatment Helps With Degenerative Disc Disease?

Chiropractic care is a preferred treatment option for degenerative disc disease for a variety of reasons. Because it is gentle and non-invasive, chiropractic is much less likely to create undesirable side effects—which are common with prescription medications and surgery. Obviously, the earlier the stage of degenerative disc disease, the more successful treatment can be. But chiropractic can be helpful even in the most extreme cases of degenerative disc disease.