Spinal degeneration is a common term used to describe the aging process of the spine. Although the process occurs naturally over time, constant stress or pressure on the spinal bones and a variety of untreated spine complications can degenerate the tissues faster, ultimately changing the overall structure of the spine.
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When the spine degenerates with age, the spinal bones gradually begin to deform. These changes can then affect the soft-tissues surrounding the spine: muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs, joints and even spinal nerves.
Through overuse, bad posture and/or as a result of an injury or other underlying condition, the spinal discs are the most commonly affected structures when the spine begins to degenerate. The spinal discs, or vertebral discs, primarily function as a shock absorber between each vertebra. These also act as ligaments to hold the bones of the spine together and provide mobility to the spine. As people age, the body begins to wear and tear from use. The spinal discs will degenerate from loss of fluid, causing these to become thinner and less flexible, no longer providing a comfortable cushion between each vertebra. The supporting ligaments, tendons and muscles can also begin to weaken, leading to various complications, including pinched nerves, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and misalignments of the spine.
Because spinal degeneration occurs over an extended period of time, its symptoms can appear subtle and are often overlooked in its early stages. However, once this natural wear and tear begins to develop into much more severe complications, a majority of individuals will experience neck, back and lower back pain, depending on the location of the spinal issue. The amount of pain can vary for each person, ranging from almost no pain or a nagging level of irritation to a severe and disabling pain. Engaging in physical activities that involve bending, lifting and/or twisting can often worsen the individual’s symptoms.
More advanced stages of spinal degeneration can make a person’s lifestyle challenging and difficult as this can generally be painful and uncomfortable. While there are several treatment options available to relieve the symptoms associated with spinal degeneration, preventive measures are the best way to ensure spinal health as you age.
For those individuals experiencing spinal degeneration, chiropractic care is an alternative treatment option that can help both prevent spinal complications and treat the painful symptoms which may have already developed with. Foremost, a chiropractor will properly diagnose the individual to determine the location and cause of their symptoms, carefully evaluating the flexibility and range of motion of their spine.
Preventing Spinal Degeneration
Chiropractic treatment helps maintain the proper wee-being of the body’s musculoskeletal structure, especially the spine, enabling the body to heal naturally and without the use of medication or surgery. The goal of a chiropractor is to improve the function of the spine by reducing inflammation and swelling as well as restoring the natural alignment of the spine. The function of the spinal discs can also improve with chiropractic care if the disc degeneration is not severe. Chiropractors commonly utilize spinal adjustments and manual manipulations to treat spinal complications. Spinal manipulations are primarily used to restore mobility to joints which may have been restricted by scar tissue after an injury, repetitive stress or improper posture, relieving the painful symptoms caused by spinal degeneration.
While natural degeneration of the body with age is unavoidable, the process can be prevented from progressing rapidly. Chiropractic care can relieve eliminate degeneration symptoms to allow the body to age smoothly without feeling pain and discomfort. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .
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