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Subluxation Degeneration

Subluxation Degeneration

Subluxation Degeneration information

Regardless of age, when spinal damage goes uncorrected, the body deposits calcium on the surface of adjacent bones that aren't moving properly. If neglected long enough, this splinting effect can result in complete fusion. This worsening process is called Subluxation Degeneration and can occur throughout the spine. Researchers recognize several phases of spinal decay.

Cervical Spine

Phase One

Phase Two

Phase Three


Normal curves and proper disc spacing allow normal function of the spine and nervous system.

Usually seen as the misalignment and malfunction of the spine. Normal spine motion, curves, and disc spacing are altered. Because the body is so adaptable, this early phase can exist without the warning of pain or other symptoms. If left uncorrected, loss of normal curves and nervous system dysfunction may result.

Recognized on X-ray views of the spine by visible bone spurs and rough edges of the vertebrae. Soft tissues, such as discs and ligaments degenerate from the lack of normal joint movement. Again, pain or other symptoms may not be present. Bone spurs and abnormal bony growths distort the shape and function of the Vertebrae.

A lifetime of neglect may cause the eventual fusion of the malfunctioning joints. Atrophy, permanent nerve damage, and soft tissue degeneration are prevalent.  Reduced mobility and impaired nervous system function, diminish one's quality of life.

This 75-year old patient (image at left) has prevented Subluxation Degeneration with many years of regular chiropractic checkups.

Subluxation Degeneration is how the body responds to improperly functioning spinal joints. With early detection, appropriate chiropractic care has been shown to slow, stop, or even reverse the early stages of this process. Ask your doctor to design a program of preventive care for you.


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