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Posted on 09-25-2016

Subluxation degeneration of the spine is a structural, functional, and pathological condition that compromises not only how the spine functions but can also seriously impact overall health and organ systems. If not treated, subluxations can create a host of problems and pain. Chiropractic care provides new solutions for health problems such as this.

In the United States, spinal degeneration affects nearly one-third of the population by age 30. By age 70, it presents in nearly everyone to some degree, usually in more advanced stages, with nearly 200,000 people bed- or chair-ridden as a result.

Normal human spines have a natural curve that acts as a shock absorber of sorts. Subluxation degeneration works to gradually erode this natural protection and occupies four stages:

Stage 1 (birth to age 20)

At the earliest instance of subluxation degeneration, the spine has lost its normal curvature and balance. Initial symptoms include nerve problems, issues with posture, and mild back pain as a result of joint and disc stress. At this stage, the best treatment is a chiropractic spinal adjustment to alleviate symptoms and prevent further damage.

Stage 2 (ages 20 to 40)

At this point, discs begin to narrow, bone spurs may form, posture worsens, and the spinal canal may narrow (called stenosis). Pain is more apparent and fatigue and reduced ability to address stress are noticeable.

Stage 3 (ages 40 to 65)

By stage 3, posture imbalances are more pronounced and the risk of greater nerve damage, advanced bone deformation, and permanent scar tissue exists. Increased physical weakness and loss of energy are also common.

Stage 4 (ages 65 and above)

The most advanced stage of subluxation degeneration comes with limited range of motion and more serious posture imbalances. Nerve damage, scar tissue, cartilage erosion, and bone fusion may occur. Pain is significantly apparent and energy loss skyrockets. Whereas chiropractic care can alleviate pain and other symptoms, the effects of severe subluxation degeneration is largely irreversible.

Chiropractic care has the power to stop, lessen, and in many cases reverse spinal degeneration by improving spinal function and balance, maintaining posture, and keeping joints, discs, and nerves healthy. To prevent falling prey to this condition, spinal checkups—for everyone—should be a regular part of one’s health care regimen.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation for your back problems, please contact us.

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