Those of us with back pain fit into one or more of five clearly definable stages in the process of spinal breakdown. Once we understand where we fit and what is happening to our spines, managing the condition it is made much easier. Here are the five stages. Where do you fit? Call us to start the recovery process.
Stage 1: A stiff spinal segmentHealthy disc Stiff disc
As the disc dries, flattens and begins to lose height, the two facet joints sitting behind the disc begin to rub together. Initially, this causes inflammation and pain around the facet joint surface. Over time, arthritic change develops as the cartilage covering the facet joint surfaces grinds away. This results in a knife like pain localised at a particular point in the spine.
This illustration of a spinal segment shows the middle disc height narrowed and demonstrates how the facet joint surfaces grind against one another resulting in facet joint arthropathy (arthritis) and facet joint pain.