Spinal Degeneration Phases
Preventative care is the key to fighting back against spinal degeneration.
The ideal chiropractic care plan aims to prevent problems before they start. If you missed that opportunity, it’s okay. At this point, beginning care as early as possible is important for preventing extreme damage to your body. The deeper you go into spinal degeneration, the more difficult healing becomes.
Spinal degeneration breaks down into four phases:
- Phase 1 – You experience minor degradation of spine balance and curvature. Even at this stage, the areas around your spine, like discs and nerves, will begin to age more quickly. With proper care, you can return to normal, but know that just because you aren’t experience significant pain (rare for this phase) does not mean that you are safe!
- Phase 2 – The discs in your back begin to narrow and bones might begin to deform. As a result, your posture suffers and your spinal canal narrows, leading to pain, discomfort, and overall fatigue. With the proper treatment, most people recover from this phase.
- Phase 3 – The previous problems have worsened to the point that you experience mental and physical impairment from pain and strain as well as potential nerve, bone, and disc damage. Reversal is still possible at this point, though the process is not nearly as efficient as if treatment had began in phase 1.
- Phase 4 – In this final stage of spinal degeneration, much of the damage is irreversible. You are likely to have scar tissue and extensive nerve damage. Though a total recovery is unlikely, pain management is still an available option.