Conditions & Treatment

Degeneration

Every person is dynamic and different. People degenerate at different rates and heal at different rates. The further along your spine may be with subluxation degeneration the more strenuous and time consuming your road to improvement will be. For this reason we always stress early care to stop and prevent the advancement of subluxation degeneration.  At White Chiropractic in Mooreville, Dr. Curt White, Chiropractor, has been extensively trained to help patients with their Degenertive Discs.  He works with the patient to hault the progression of this Disease


Note on Prevention:
The real tragedy of Subluxation Degeneration is that it can be prevented. By having corrective treatment at its earliest stages you can avoid this relentless process from running its inevitable course. While care in Phase IV is limited, alerting young people about this problem can be a significant contribution YOU can make in the understanding and elimination of the world-wide health problem. Once patients experience the value of chiropractic care, many choose to continue with regular checkups for life and enjoy better health as a result.

Phases of Degenerative Disc Disease

Phase I:
Subluxation Degeneration is a progressive condition that worsens with the passage of time. Phase I is usually experienced within the first 20 years of uncorrected spinal trauma. Pain may or may not be associated with this condition. Disc and tissue decay have not begun but there is nerve system impairment. Total correction can be generally expected with appropriate Chiropractic care if begun in Phase I. Interrupting this degenerative process in young people is a highly-effective preventative measure against further degeneration, resulting in better health & well-being. Since children respond so quickly, there is growing interest in providing Chiropractic care to newborns to correct the spinal trauma of the birth process. If left uncorrected, Phase I sets the stage for Phase II.


Phase II:
Disc narrowing and abnormal calcium salt deposition (spurring) along the join surfaces between adjacent vertebrae. This creates a rough, jagged appearance on X-rays. In Phase II, Initial Intensive Care usually takes slightly longer than in Phase I and Rehabilitative Care can last up to 30 months. While some spines in this phase may return to near normal, most heal appreciably, returning to proper function, while still exhibiting the signs of previous neglect, typically disc degeneration and spurring. Lack of specific pain may disguise the worsening condition. If left uncorrected, and normal day to day spinal trauma conditions persist, Phase II leads to Phase III.


Phase III
Generally found among those having undetected Vertebral Subluxations for 40 to 65 years, Phase III of Subluxation Degeneration is distinguished by ever-increasing amounts of calcium salt production resulting in fusion. X-rays reveal sharp spurs and ragged, irregular joint surfaces. Normal motion and nerve function is severely impaired. The extensive damage to the spinal structure at this stage prevents complete healing. Rehabilitative Care of 30 months or more is often needed to stop decades of abuse and neglect. Appropriate Chiropractic care usually improves function, but significant reversal back towards normal seldom occurs. Besides symptomatic relief, a critical clinical goal is to arrest the degenerative process before the onset of Phase IV.


Phase IV:
Is a permanent condition and rarely seen in people under the age of 65. Many of the vertebrae have lost their identity and function, having fused together, locked out of position into massive irregular blocks of calcium. Degenerated discs and destroyed nerve roots create an irreversible condition causing permanent Vertebral Subluxation, permanent lack of health and decreased life expectancy.
This very serious condition is typically unresponsive to care. Chiropractic care at this stage will focus on areas of the spine that have not yet reached Phase IV, but are under increased stress.


Phase I                                                   Phase II                                                   Phase lll                                                Phase lV
Spinal Decompression Therapy
has been very successful as a treatment
for Disc Degeneration

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Spinal Decopression Therapy