Today we are going to illustrate the hallmark traits of a Phase 1 degenerative level spine. The most prominent finding on the x-ray with a phase one degenerative spine is most certainly the loss of normal curvature in the cerveical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) regions.
A normal cervical arc should be 43-45 degrees, with normal lumbar arc being 63-65 degrees. Arcs that are measured less than these normal ranges are either between normal and Phase 1, or at Phase 1 altogether. The difference would be in the measured arc. For example, a Phase 1 cervical spine may show a 10 degree curvature, whereas an arc measured at 35 degrees would be between phase 1 and normal.
Once a person has entered phase 1, he/she may experience headaches, fatigue, muscle spasms, neck and back pain. The symptoms of a phase one are usually not present for more than 24 months. In some cases, such as a motor vehicle accident, a person can go from a normal curve to phase 1 in a matter of one or two seconds.
In addition to loss of curvature, a Phase 1 may show slight striations in the bone matrix (lines on the vertebraes), small changes to the disc height, as well as small changes to the IVF (hole around the nerve).
Treatment for a phase 1 consists of adjustments, and rehab to restore the normal curvature at the appropriate level.
With the pettibon system, a correctional rehab system within chirorpractic, this can be achieved, usually, in a matter of a few short months of care. However, each case is different and therefore responds differently to care.
Look for more information about stage 1 arthritis on the youtube video and stay tuned for more information upcoming on stage 2 degeneration.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Steve Lininger