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Dallas, GA Chiropractor | Dallas, GA chiropractic care | GA | Cervical Spinal Degeneration

Anderson Upper Cervical PC

1099 Merchants Dr. Suite A
Dallas, GA 30132
770-443-0787
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Note: When facing the building, it's the door on the left.

 

Cervical Spinal Degeneration

 

Patients who have a normal cervical curve show disc heights and bone mass within normal limits. 

A certain amount of degeneration of the spine happens as we get older.  However, in patients who are subluxated, this normal degeneration with age is expedited and can cause a number of issues at earlier ages than expected (e.g., a 20 year old person with severe low back pain and scoliosis.)  Without correction of this subluxation, a person will continue to have progressively more symptoms & conditions as their spine degenerates through phase 5. 

  

Phase 1

The first stage of spinal degeneration involves a minor loss of normal spine balance and spinal curvature. The surrounding features of the spine such as nerves, discs and joints begin to age quicker and are continually more stressed.

Phase 2

In the 2nd stage, the cervical curve is not apparent; a “military neck” becomes evident.  Mild loss of bone mass and disc thinning begins to appear.  Chronic pain is often noted at this stage.

Phase 3

In the 3rd stage of spinal degeneration, there is often narrowing of the discs and potentially deformation in the bones. A mild reverse cervical curve is often present with bone spurs beginning to form on the anterior portion of the cervical vertebrae.  The ability to keep proper spinal posture becomes more difficult and a rounding of your spine is often evident.  As the spinal canal or opening begins to narrow, there are often significant aches and pains associated. Fatigue and stress are more common at this stage.

Phase 4

In the 4th stage of spinal degeneration, there is significant physical and mental involvement due to the level of issues here. There is most likely nerve damage as well as moderate loss of bone mass and disc thinning.   A moderate reverse cervical curve is often present with bone spurs forming on both the anterior and posterior aspects of the cervical vertebrae. 

Phase 5

In the 5th stage of spinal degeneration, severe scar tissue and nerve damage are common.  A severe reverse cervical curve is often present with severe loss of bone mass and disc thinning present.  

 
 
 
Dallas, GA Chiropractor | Cervical Spinal Degeneration. Dr. Patrick Anderson is a Dallas, GA Chiropractor.