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Spinal Degeneration

Subluxations, if left uncorrected, can alter the optimal structure of the spine and weaken it, making it unstable, and thereby increasing spinal degeneration. Here below are pictures of the cervical spine in various stages of degeneration and decay.

 

Near Normal Neck Curve (with an "Arc of Life" Curvature)

 

Physiology: Normal curves with equal disc spacing. No visible signs of degeneration.

Prognosis: Regular chiropractic checkups are recommended for early detection and prevention of spinal decay.


 

Phase 1 Degeneration

Physiology: Misalignment with soft tissue damage and nerve irritation.

Prognosis: Return to near normal may be expected with appropriate chiropractic care.

 

Phase 2 Degeneration 

Physiology: Disc narrowing, calcium deposition, bone spurs and nerve irritation.

Prognosis: Slowing or stopping may be expected with appropriate chiropractic care.

 

Phase 3 Degeneration

Physiology: Joint immobilization, bone fusion, nerve atrophy and scar tissue.

Prognosis: Slowing or stopping may be expected with appropriate chiropractic care.

 

Phase 4 Degeneration

Physiology:    Advanced stage of degeneration, nerve damage, postural imbalance severe, joint motion severely limited, permanent scar tissue, fusion of spinal vertebrae.

Prognosis: Correction may not be possible, structural and neurologically impaired, but with appropriate chiropractic care, quality of life can improve.