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A Healthy Millville Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Wilson Family Chiropractic knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Millville chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine plays a role as a separator to hold the spinal bones apart, the vertebrae, apart and allows motion of the spine. The disc also maintains a large opening for the nerves exiting the spine through which to pass. If this opening is reduced, which occurs when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression slows circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve starts. The shrinking of the nerve opening is termed Millville spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Millville stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc works like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore functions to preclude nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, resulting in loss of motion, compressed nerve, and pain in the back or down the arms or legs. What maintains the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs have a content of a chemical termed glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to take in water from the fluid moving into the disc. Actually, the interior of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content of the disc’s interior reduces significantly with degeneration, thus dropping 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 inability to control motion of the vertebrae is called instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

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

First, Wilson Family Chiropractic uses a specialized type of Millville spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, increases the nerve opening size, reduces pressure inside the disc to aid in circulation, restores lost range of motion to the spine and creates 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 result in 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; increased range of motion of spine; and gratified patients in the short and long term. (2) Wilson Family Chiropractic benefits Millville back pain sufferers’ discs!

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

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jonathan Cerrutti as he discusses 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 Millville chiropractic appointment today. Your Millville spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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