Spinal Decay

By Dr. Cynthia Ratkowski FLT News Columnist

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFunny to think of your spine getting decay like your teeth. But spinal decay is a degenerative condition that worsens with time. It can start with some type of uncorrected trauma to the spine. A slip or fall. A car accident, but you think you are not hurt. Learning to walk. Even the birth process may be responsible!

Spinal decay has phases. The first phase is loss of proper spinal curve. The neck and low back vertebrae should curve toward the front like a reversed C. Left uncorrected, the body responds by depositing calcium onto the affected joint surfaces, ligaments and connective tissue. This is the second phase of decay. The body is attempting to stabilize and “splint” the malfunctioning spinal joint. As with high blood pressure or cancer, pain or other obvious symptoms are often absent. Unaware of the serious damage that is occurring, many allow their problem to worsen.

In the third phase of spinal decay, the integrity of the spine has become permanently compromised. Nerves get irritated or “pinched.” The associated neurological damage can contribute to some of the chronic health problems chiropractors see. The purpose of chiropractic care is to locate areas of the spine that are not working right and “adjust” the spine to improve its function and structure.

Want to know what phase of spinal decay you are in??? Call to schedule a consultation, examination and nerve test for a reduced fee of $20.

For more information, call Dr. Ratkowski at 419-535-9600; email at drcindy@wellness4toledo.com; visit the website at http://www.wellness4toledo.com; or visit Advance Wellness and Chiropractic Center at 3454 Oak Alley Ct. Suite 100, Toledo, OH.