One of the most common practices within the Chiropractic profession is to evaluate the length of time nerve interference has been existing in a person. We also measure the severity of nerve blockage by knowing how much degeneration (Arthritis) is within the spinal column.
A normal healthy spine will allow all the nerves of the spinal column to exit the spine and allow the body to function the way it is supposed to in a strong and healthy way. A person will exhibit a normal curve in the spine, disc spaces will be even, and bones will be smooth and well defined.
If someone is in what is called a Phase 1 of spinal degeneration they will have a loss of the normal spinal curve, they will exhibit disc, joint, muscle, and nerve damage. They will also have distorted posture. These people will have less energy, their height will be diminished, and health problems will be something they put up with while having the false perception that it is normal aging.
If someone is in a Phase 2 of spinal degeneration they will have increased spinal decay, disc narrowing, bone deformation and spinal canal narrowing (stenosis) may occur. These people will have a more common scenario of aches and pains (sometimes daily). They will be fatigued quite frequently, and they must realize that their health is becoming a large concern if they want to enjoy the rest of their life.
If someone is in a Phase 3 of spinal degeneration they will have greater postural imbalance, increasing nerve damage, advanced bone deformation, and extreme loss of flexibility. These people will have a serious health situation, if they are not receiving help from a Chiropractor. They will commonly be on a lot of medication and find that they are unable to participate in healthy activities. Their quality of life is very low.
If someone is in any of the Phases of spinal degeneration they must realize that they can receive help to improve their health; sometimes the help is immense. Your level of spinal decay will determine the level of spinal reconstruction possible. If you wonder what your level of spinal degeneration is make an appointment with a Chiropractor today to find out.