Disease is a process and most often a long one. You don’t wake up one day and have heart disease, high blood pressure, ulcers, liver disease or cancer for that matter. And what people don’t typically realize is that pain is one of the last symptoms to show up. Kinda like a cavity. The cavity can be there for quite some time before it gets down to a nerve-ending and bam! PAIN!! It would be great if the pain occurred with the first sign of a problem but quite frankly that’s just not how it works.
Well, the health of your spine works the same way. One doesn’t just wake up one day and have a bad back with shooting pain. Baring trauma, such as an auto accident or severe fall, once you are experiencing back pain, the likelihood that there has been a process going on for quite some time is a real probability. The pressure on nerves is most often due to the narrowing of the disc space due to what are called vertebral subluxations, misalignment of the vertebrae. (There is a great video on the website’s home page that explains this process.) Severe bone spurring and narrowing of the disc space can actually take over 30 years to what we call Stage 4 Spinal Degeneration. What that really means is that the process can start in your early twenties or even younger.
Why is it important to know this information? Because just like there are check-ups to see how healthy your heart is, or what your blood pressure may be, there are check-ups to see what condition your spine is in too! The health of your spine is so important because it houses the spinal cord and the center nervous system that affects EVERYTHING that goes on in your body. A quote that we Chiropractors like to use from Thomas Edison is “The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” He had an inkling that the human frame has an impact on one’s overall health. He may have understood that a properly functioning nervous system is key to obtaining and maintaining one’s optimal health potential.
Shouldn’t you know the state your spine is in? Spinal degeneration is a process that needs to be identified and dealt with and the sooner the better. Remember pain is not always a good indicator about your health!