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Phases of Spinal Degeneration

spinal degenerationNear Normal Curve

This is a side x-ray view of the neck. As with all the pictures you will see on this page, the patient is looking to the right of the screen, so you are viewing the right side of their neck. We will call this picture a “near normal” spine. Compare this spine with the ones to the right.

spinal degenerationPhase 1

Phase 1 Subluxation Degeneration is seen in Subluxations that have been present for up to 20 years. This phase is characterized with a loss or change in the normal curve in the spine. On this example you can see that the normal forward curve is lost.

spinal degenerationPhase 3

Phase 3 Subluxation Degeneration is caused by Subluxations that have been continuing on for between 40 and 65 years. This phase has all of the attributes of the previous phases, only worse. The curvatures are abnormal; the disc spaces are vastly decreased and bone spurs are forming.

spinal degenerationPhase 2

Phase 2 Subluxation Degeneration is normally seen in Subluxations that have been present between 20 and 40 years. This phase has some of the same characteristics of phase 1 including a loss of normal curvature and position as well as loss of disc space.

spinal degenerationPhase 4

Phase 4 Subluxation Degeneration is seen with Subluxations that have been raging on uncorrected or altered for over sixty five years. Phase four is a grave condition that will negatively affect the patients’ longevity and quality of life.