You may have heard the term Osteoarthritis? Maybe you heard Degenerative Joint Disease or even someone told you that you had a slipped disc? These are just several of the names you may have been told from various providers as to why you have pain in the neck, back pain or even sciatica. Let's first talk about what causes spinal degeneration and then we can discuss the best way to treat it.
What is a Subluxation?
Subluxations are defined as a functional, structural and pathological change that will compromise integrative of the spine which can then lead to problems with the way organ systems function and overall health. So, you can see why subluxations are so important to identify and treat. Subluxations cause nerve interference and when his happens the changes that take place are referred to as “subluxation degeneration”.
Normal spines have a natural curvature to them that helps to act as a shock absorber. When you have a normal spine there are no subluxations and everything is functioning as it should. (see below)
Degeneration Phase 1
The first phase means that your spine has lost its normal balance. This could mean that the normal curves in your spine have been lost and this can impact the nerves. Also, your joints, discs, nerves and posture may be stressed as a result of this in conjunction with your age. You may experience only slight discomfort in this stage, but you may also notice a decrease in your energy and even loss in height. The best treatment for this phase is a spinal adjustment. (see below)
Degeneration Phase 2
This stage is marked by disc narrowing and bone spurs, and your postural changes might be a lot worse. This is a fairly common condition by age 40. This is also the stage where spinal canal narrowing, also called stenosis may start to occur. You will have aches and pains in this phase, fatigue and a decreased ability to deal with stress. If you’re in this phase it is possible for chiropractic care to make a significant improvement. (see below)
Degeneration Phase 3
There are a lot more postural imbalances in this phase, as well as increased nerve damage and even permanent scar tissue and advance bone deformation. You will notice a loss of energy in this phase as well as possible physical weakness. Chiropractic care may be able to reverse some of the damage being done in this phase, so go see your chiropractor. (see below)
Degeneration Phase 4
This is the most advance stage. You will notice limited range of motion here as well as postural imbalances. The nerve damage can be quite severe and the scar tissue is formed while the bones may begin to fuse together. There is a lot of pain in this stage and a continued loss of energy. The conditions associated with this phase are considered to be irreversible, but chiropractic care can help to give some relief of symptoms. (not pictured below)
Most people can be assessed using a “Proper Chiropractic X-ray Evaluation.” (have you had one lately?) With this, someone can see if they have spinal degeneration and if so what stage they are in and discuss possible treatment option. Remember, the ultimate rigidity is called “Rigor Mortis”. Life is motion and motion is movement. Posture, movement and alignment are critical to your quality of life. If you have been suffering with pain and are not sure what to do next.... give us a call at 623.551.6677 or check out our website: www.myanthemhealth.com
Your in Better Health....
Dr Brian Hester
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Dr. Courtney Knight is a recent Doctor of Chiropractic graduate of National University of Health Sciences in St. Petersburg, Florida and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2013. Go Blue! Dr. Knight was born and raised in a small town in southwest Michigan where her sense of community and wellness drove her to pursue a career in the holistic health field. She saw the inconsistency in what society was being told was "healthy" and desired the research on how to truly correct one's diet to fuel their body rather than feed cravings. Dr. Knight focused her studies on the anti-inflammatory diet, discovering that our bodies are in a state of chronic inflammation due to the food we are eating which in turn, is the underlying cause of so many diseases plaguing our world today.... see more
Dr. Brian Hester, originally from Alabama, graduated from Life University in 1999 with his Doctorate of Chiropractic. He moved to Anthem, Arizona in 2003 and opened his wellness center. Dr. Hester's mission is to provide people in the North Phoenix area, with the tools they need to identify stressors in their life and the underlying causes of their health challenges. With Dr. Hester as a health partner, patients can make positive lifestyle changes and take control of their lives...... see more
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