The Cause of Degeneration
Degeneration is how the body responds to loss of joint motion, excessive joint motion, or improper joint motion. The body deposits calcium on the surface of the joint. Like broken bones, the body attempts to "splint" them together and immobilize the injured joint. If neglected long enough, this stabilizing process can result in complete fusion. With early detection, appropriate chiropractic care has been shown to slow, stop, or even reverse the early stages of this process.
Phase One Degeneration
This initial phase can be present without out pain or xray findings. Joint misalignment may be seen on xrays, but not always. Ligament weakness due to the improper motion causes the muscles to tighten in an attempt to splint the injured joint. If left uncorrected, the degeneration continues.
Phase Two Degeneration
Again, pain may not be present. This phase, however, can be seen on xrays. The abnormal calcium builds up to create bone spurs (rough edges around the joints) which distort the shape and function of the joint. Ligaments further degenerate and muscles continue to tighten. The discs of the spine degerate as well.
Phase Three Degeneration
There is chronic pain in this phase. After years of neglect, the joints can fuse together, causing loss of joint motion, soft tissue degeneration, and permanent nerve damage. The spinal discs can buldge and herniate.
Early detection and treatment is essential to keep the degeneration from getting worse. An effective treatment is chiropractic adjustments. By helping to restore proper joint alignment and motion, the normal healing process can begin. Some feel that degeneration is a normal part of aging. If that was true then why doesn't everyone have the same amount of degeneration as others their age? Clearly there is more to degeration than just getting old! Some people have horrible degeneration and others have very little. Which do you want to be? Why not try chiropractic today?