The diagram to the left shows the phases of degeneration specifically degeneration in the cervical spine. Just to be clear this can happen to any joint in the body, but is more commonly seen in the neck and low back. To be able to describe what is actually happening in the pictures above it is imperative to know the physiology and bio-mechanics behind what happens when spinal dysfunction is not properly addressed.
Our bodies are bio-mechanically structured to statically sit and dynamically move in certain planes. The intervertebral disc allows our body to statically sit in one position without compromising our nervous system. The facet joints allow our spine to dynamically move without compromising our spinal cord or nerves. In order to complete activities of daily living both of these components of the vertebral segment must be functioning properly.
When looking at a spine from the side you will notice there are curves. These curves work like a spring acting as the body’s shock absorbers. This allows us to produce dynamic movements while maintaining balance throughout a full range of motion. In order to get the most out of our spinal joints we need to establish proper poster and correct spinal curvature.
As you can see this is a picture of what a normal spine should look like. The discs are well maintained giving us good cushion from gravity, the joints are all sitting in the right plane, and we can see a normal 35-45 degree curve. This person is able to complete almost any activity of daily living without pain, has full range of motion, and has an optimally functioning nervous system.
The doctors at Northern Edge Chiropractic LLC will determine the degree of spinal dysfunction and if there is any degeneration on the first visit by completing a comprehensive chiropractic examination.