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Degeneration


Proper spinal alignment is essential for healthy and pain-free living. When a problem occurs between two adjacent vertebrae, it causes interference in some portion of the body affected by those spinal nerves (see: "know your spine" -click on the rotating spine). The dysfunction causes changes to the osseous (bone) structure as well as the neurological structures. These changes will get progressively worse as time passes and the problematic area has a significant increase of "wear and tear." If untreated, these changes will take the form of advanced degeneration known as "degenerative joint disease" or "degenerative disc disease".

This is best described in an analogy:  Imagine your car having the front two wheels improperly aligned. It may not be causing too much trouble today, but continued driving in this condition will result in uneven and excessive wear on the tires. Your body is the same way, only it is a lot more costly to replace the tires!

Having this information is useful in understanding the attention and effort needed for chiropractic care in a timely fashion.

As these x-rays show, there is a progressive degeneration pattern that can be halted, or slowed, with proper chiropractic care.

NORMAL
Proper spinal curves permit normal turning and bending. Openings between joints allow nerve roots to exit the spine without interference. The edges of the bones are smooth and well defined. Equal disc spacing is a sign of healthy spinal function.
PHASE ONE
Loss or normal curves and misalignment restrict or exaggerate normal ranges of motion. ligament and muscle strength is reduced. Even with nerve irritation and soft tissue inflammation, pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present.
PHASE TWO
Years of accumulated calcium deposition are now visible. Bone spurs attempt to fuse malfunctioning joints. Adjacent surfaces are rough and uneven. Joint instability is accompanied by continued nerve irritation and disc degeneration.
PHASE THREE
After years of neglect, complete fusion has immobilized the joint. Obstructed nerve openings cause permanent nerve irritation as soft tissue degeneration continues. This irreversible condition is usually associated with other chronic health problems.

 

 
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