Spinal Degeneration – Degenerative Disc Disease Treatment

Hi, this is Tim Flory with Atlas Brain and Spine. Today we are going to talk about something you may or may not have heard of called spinal degeneration.

Spinal degeneration, what is it and can you prevent it? Spinal degeneration is something that can affect all of us. It is also known as osteoarthritis of the spine. This problem is often assumed by medical professionals to be naturally caused by aging, but there is nothing natural about it so that assumption is absurd.

When you look at an x-ray of the neck from the side, you can see the bones and you can see the spaces between the bones where the discs live, the spinal joint, one up from the bottom on a typical x-ray will display classic signs of cervical degeneration. The disc is usually much thinner than the rest and the bone has bony projections called bone spurs or osteophytes. The rest of the joints above look much better, so any intelligent person will realize that it is impossible for age to be the causing factor in this degeneration. This is simply because all of the joints are the same age.

phases of spinal degeneration

What is really happening is that the joints at the bottom have been under abnormal biomechanical stresses for years, causing a slow, progressive, and degenerative process of wear and tear. It's the same process that can be observed when your car's tires are left out of alignment for a few years. So can this be prevented, well let me ask you this? How do you prevent wear and tear to your tires, well by maintaining their alignment Of course? So then how is the treatment for spinal degeneration entirely reactive, meaning that most people do absolutely nothing to prevent it?

There are many people walking around with this spinal wear and tear that have no pain at first, but once it gets bad enough and nerves are getting irritated or pinched, you get prescribed pain meds or injections and maybe even some physical therapy. When those treatments are no longer providing relief, invasive surgeries will be done like diskectomy is or laminectomies or spinal fusions, which permanently changed the structure of your spinal joints.

For some people, these surgeries provide relief for a few years. But eventually, and medical research studies are very clear about this next fact. Once you've had one surgery on your spine, you will need another. So how can NUCCA help with spinal degeneration? The precision of a NUCCA correction can essentially provide true prevention. It proactively helps to take as much stress off the entire spine as possible to slow down and even stop degenerative changes from taking place.

x-ray of spinal degeneration

Therefore, getting evaluated to see if you need new care at any age is just good practice to prevent the onset of more serious late-stage spinal degeneration. And if you're already in pain, it's not too late. NUCCA can't magically give you a new spine or anything like that. But I've had so many patients get great relief from their degenerative spinal pain even though they've been told that drugs or surgery are their only options. Correcting the atlas misalignment allows your body to make the best of a bad situation while restoring balance as much as possible to your spine.

Sure, there are often nutritional considerations that are important to this topic, but no diet or supplement can make up for the negative mechanical forces that are responsible for spinal degeneration. As it turns out, our everyday lives of even healthy and active adults can start to add to the problems of both spinal and cervical degeneration.

And since now we know how to curb this progressive lifelong issue, a simple checkup a few times a year with a NUCCA specialist can take you from degenerative to restorative. Again, my name is Tim with Atlas Brain and Spine. For more knowledge on the positive brain to body health, don't forget to take a moment to subscribe for more spinal degeneration knowledge and remember, when you restore your brain, you heal your pain.


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