Proper spinal curves permit normal turning and bending. Openings between
joints allow nerve roots to exit the spine without interference. The
edges of the bones are smooth and well defined. Equal disc spacing is a
sign of healthy spinal function.
Loss or normal curves and misalignment restrict or exaggerate normal
ranges of motion. ligament and muscle strength is reduced. Even with
nerve irritation and soft tissue inflammation, pain or other obvious
symptoms may not be present.
Years of accumulated calcium deposition are now visible. Bone spurs
attempt to fuse malfunctioning joints. Adjacent surfaces are rough and
uneven. Joint instability is accompanied by continued nerve irritation
and disc degeneration.
After years of neglect, complete fusion has immobilized the joint.
Obstructed nerve openings cause permanent nerve irritation as soft
tissue degeneration continues. This irreversible condition is usually
associated with other chronic health problems.