Phases of Degeneration

As we age, the stresses of daily life and activity wear our body down. This can cause our spines to degenerate, which results in pain, reduced mobility and even illness which prevents us from enjoying life and forces us into the role of spectator. For many who want to recover the joy in their daily activities, learning about the phases of degeneration and the means by which chiropractic care can correct the associated problems may be the answer. Chiropractic can fix many problems associated with subluxation degeneration and help senior patients feel years younger and healthier than ever.

The Phases of Subluxation Degeneration

Even if your spine was once normal, as you age and undergo the rigors of daily physical activity, your spine will eventually succumb to the wear and tear of life. Trauma, however big or small, can cause spinal misalignments known as a vertebral subluxation complex. Degeneration occurs in four phases, with each phase causing increased dysfunction which leads to worsening health problems.


The first phase of subluxation degeneration sees alteration to the basic and normal curve of the spine. This doesn’t necessarily represent damage, but it is a sign of changes within the spinal segments. Generally, this phase goes unnoticed because it does not cause pain. However, proper chiropractic assessment can diagnose this issue and principled care can correct the misalignment and stop further degeneration.


Phase II of vertebral subluxation sees the Phase I misalignment continue further, with spaces between the spinal segments (discs) beginning to narrow. The patient’s range of motion will begin to decrease, and intermittent aches and pains may begin to develop. At this point, principled chiropractic care is essential to help restore function to the compromised spinal segments.


At phase III, corrective health care becomes crucial or the patient risks permanent neurologic damage. Degeneration continues to worsen, but chiropractic care can still slow or even stop the degeneration and relieve many of the symptoms you might be experiencing.


This is the final stage of subluxation degeneration. At this point, you experience a marked decrease in the quality of life, and longevity is lessened. Neurological and bone damage previously suffered are likely permanent and the spinal segments are significantly degenerated. Range of motion may be severely limited and a number of other health issues may present.

However, with proper chiropractic care, there is a possibility that the patient can still achieve a better quality of life. This is true even at phase IV. Every degree of improvement in nervous system function matters. If you may be experiencing symptoms of subluxation degeneration, and are looking for a San Antonio chiropractor, contact Authority Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today.

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