A Healthy Preston Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Chiropractic Associates knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Preston chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine plays a role as a separator holding the spinal bone apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits motion of the spine. The disc also provides a large opening for the nerves leaving the spine through which to pass. If this opening is reduced, which happens when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression slows circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve sets in. The narrowing of the nerve opening is termed Preston spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Preston stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc works like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore works to preclude nerve compression and to allow spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, resulting in motion loss, nerve compression, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What maintains the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs have a content of a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to take in water from the fluid entering the disc. In fact, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content of the disc’s interior decreases significantly with degeneration, thus lowering the water content of the disc. The loss of water in the disc due to GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration reduces the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The incapacity to control motion of the vertebrae is termed instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let’s look at two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is delivered.

First, Chiropractic Associates offers a specialized type of Preston spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, increases the nerve opening size, reduces pressure within the disc to assist in circulation, restores lost range of motion to the spine and establishes nerve conduction to the brain for pain relief. (4) This latter benefit is called afferentation. The manipulation reverses the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that cause spinal stenosis and loss of motion. Researchers revealed that spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lower extremity sciatica pain reduced low back and leg pain intensity, disability, pain; improved range of motion of spine; and satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Chiropractic Associates benefits Preston back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Chiropractic Associates may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is boosted when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination allows increased levels in the disc. The glycosaminoglycan absorbs water to nine times its own volume, generating greater fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and assist prevention of disc degeneration and inflammation. Folic acid (Vitamin B9) contributes to peripheral nerve injury healing by promoting Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT Chiropractic Associates

Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jonathan Cerrutti as he shares his chiropractic care of a painful, stenotic disc and spinal canal due to disc herniation on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson.

Schedule your Preston chiropractic appointment today. Your Preston spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

 
Your Preston chiropractor really likes seeing a healthy intervertebral disc and helps the not so healthy one recover. 
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