Spinal Degeneration

Protecting Your Spine with Chiropractic Care From Birmingham Health

How does chiropractic help?

Chiropractors detect and remove subluxations, allowing your spine to move properly and distribute stress evenly. Keeping your joints moving and your nerves free of interference can slow, stop and even reverse spinal degeneration. Combined with a wellness lifestyle, chiropractic can make your older years more enjoyable and free of life-altering degeneration.

What is spinal degeneration?

Spinal degeneration is wear and tear of the discs and joints in your spine, eventually leading to reduced height of vertebrae, narrowing of the spinal canal, formation of bony growths called osteophytes and pressure on your nerves as they pass through the spine.

Can spinal degeneration actually be reversed?

Some evidence now exists to suggest that indeed spinal degeneration may be, at least in part, a reversible process.

Keep in mind however, that the further your spine degenerates the less likely it will be to have a chance of reversal.

Spinal Degeneration is not inevitable

Spinal Degeneration can be prevented

Spinal Degeneration may be reversible

Spinal Degeneration & age are not synonymous

Healing with chiropractic care from Birmingham Health

Dr. Alex Casey with Birmingham Health is a wellness expert and can advise you on many components of living a wellness lifestyle. As part of your wellness lifestyle, it is important to be checked regularly by your family chiropractor for the presence of vertebral subluxations. Dr. Alex Casey is an expert in the detection and correction of subluxations, removing nervous system interference and allowing your body to express its full healing potential.

What causes spinal degeneration?

Misalignments in your spine, called “subluxations”, lead to lack of mobility and eventually degeneration if untreated.

Accidents, injuries, obesity and poor nutrition can also leave your joints susceptible to early degeneration.

The phases of spinal degeneration

Normal

  • Little or no pain
  • No symptomatic signs of nerve interference
  • Joints and discs may be stressed but have normal appearance.
  • Chiropractic plays a preventative role with regular care
  • Changes are preventable with chiropractic care & wellness lifestyle

Phase 1

  • Occasional pain and stiffness
  • Silent nerve interference begins, possibly symptomatic
  • Disc narrowing and bone spurring (arthritis) begins
  • Chiropractic can make a significant change with regular care
  • Mostly reversible with chiropractic care & wellness lifestyle

Phase 2

  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Evident nerve damage / compression
  • Arthritis, bone deformation and height loss
  • Chiropractic provides better function and some pain relief
  • Some reversible changes possible with extensive care

Phase 3

  • Severe, often debilitating pain
  • Extensive nerve damage / constant nerve symptoms
  • Severe arthritis / damage to joints and discs
  • Chiropractic provides symptomatic relief at best
  • Irreversible, permanent changes

I don’t have pain, can I still get spinal degeneration?

Yes! Degeneration is silent at first – your body can undergo degenerative change for years without you noticing any symptoms.

Remember that dysfunction will always happen before pain; your body will do everything possible to keep you functioning pain free, but that doesn’t mean your spine isn’t under stress.

Spinal decay is similar to tooth decay – often silent, but very important to deal with before it’s too late! Spine transplants don’t exist like dentures!

“Aging and degenerative (arthritic) changes are not synonymous”

-Dr. Harry F. Farfan, M.D., M.Sc., C.M.F.R.C.S., 1988

Am I getting shorter?

As spine and disc degeneration progresses, the total height of your spinal column reduces, giving you a shorter appearance!

The misconception is that the loss of height is related to age, when in reality it is related to how well your spine is maintained over the years.

A wellness approach from Birmingham Health

The best way to deal with spinal degeneration is to prevent it from happening all together.

Regular spinal checkups with your chiropractor should be a key part of your preventative strategy for degenerative changes in the spine.

Your chiropractor will also be able to give you active care strategies that you can use at home – proper nutrition, regular exercise and correct posture can all have an influence on your chance of experiencing spinal degeneration in the long term.

Learn More

Birmingham Health serves families throughout Hoover and the surrounding areas. We are centrally located in Bluff Park and our friendly staff can help answer any questions you have and can schedule your appointment. Contact us today.