Degeneration Phase 1
The first stage of spinal degeneration is determined when there is a loss of normal spine balance and spinal curvature. During this phase the components surrounding the spine such as nerves, discs and joints begin to compensate for the loss of structural support causing mores undo stress on the joints which speeds the degenerative process. This phase of spinal degeneration seldom produces major pain but is noted by stiffness and discomfort. If this phase is detected early enough, it is highly likely that you can return the spine to normal.
Degeneration Phase 2
During this stage of spinal degeneration, there is a noted narrowing of the disc heights and there is the potential to note the bones above and below beginning to show signs of deformation. This phase is most commonly noted by observing your posture since it often begins to degenerate as well. As the spinal column changes, the openings for the nerve and blood vessels begin to narrow which results in significant aches and pains. People in this phase often experience fatigue and stress. Similar to the initial phase of degeneration, with proper care, this phase can have a good chance of improvement.
Degeneration Phase 3
The third phase of spinal degeneration often produces significant physical and mental symptoms due to the severity of this condition. When this phase is reached, there is most likely nerve damage of the affected areas as well as noted changes in the structure and formation of the bones and discs. There is usually a noted loss of energy, and a visible loss of height in this phase. With proper care there is a possibility of some reversal of this phase.
Degeneration Phase 4
In this stage of spinal degeneration, most of the damage that has occurred is permanent. This include scar tissue, nerve damage and bone and disc deformation. In most cases, this phase of degeneration is irreversible. Surgical intervention and pain management are often the treatments of choice during this phase of degeneration.