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Possible Regeneration for Carrolltown Disc Degeneration

Futuristic concept? Disc Re-generation. Not really! It’s an exciting possibility being studied today. Converting disc degeneration into disc regeneration holds hope for back pain sufferers everywhere. What is the latest suggested process? Distraction. Just what your Carrolltown chiropractor at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation is well-trained to do! Carrolltown chiropractic spinal manipulation is beneficial. For Carrolltown back pain related to disc degeneration, these new disc regeneration reports spread hope for back pain relief.


Researchers are sounding more and more optimistic about disc regeneration. A new set of researchers described the biochemical, mechanical, and structural modifications that must all come together to lead to disc degeneration in the first place. Giving credit to previous studies on degenerated discs, they admitted that traction/distraction has been shown to boost disc height and reduce intervertebral pressure. (Research regarding biomechanical effects of Cox® Technic flexion distraction used at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation has measured a 17% increase in disc height, a 28% increase in area, and an intradiscal pressure decrease in lumbar spine discs to as low as -192mmHg pressure. (1) ) They clarified that not all levels of disc degeneration can be regenerated as all the necessary circumstances must come together for regenerating the disc that came together in its degeneration. They report that their research demonstrated that traction interrupted the cycle of disc degeneration in the laboratory study, particularly that 2 to 6 weeks of traction is best to regenerate a degenerated disc. (2) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation follows this research most enthusiastically.


Another published paper explained that there is greater reconstruction and better effectiveness of disc regeneration or repair using low-tension traction as opposed to high-tension traction. The researchers explained that the lab findings are based on the proteoglycan content of the nucleus pulposus of the spinal intervertebral disc, the very center of the disc, which is made up of proteoglycans. The proteoglycan content of the nucleus increased significantly. Both 2 and 4 weeks of traction brought about change, but 4 weeks’ changes were significantly better to 2 weeks. Other disc changes researchers reported on were the pores in the bony endplate, their number and diameter that all improved. (3) A third study on this topic of potential disc regeneration reported that 28 days of compression followed by 28 days of distraction resulted in disc rehydration, accelerated extracellular matrix gene expression, and increased numbers of protein-expressing cells. (4) With these exciting papers in mind, Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation delivers safe, gentle, low-tension to patient tolerance distraction according to The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols. Carrolltown back pain sufferers are happy we do!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he relays how The Cox® Technic System delivers back pain relief of disc degeneration-related pain.

Schedule your next Carrolltown chiropractic appointment now. If you have disc degeneration- related back pain, disc re-generation as a futuristic concept may not be so futuristic. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation is watching the developments that may lead to and support disc regeneration. Our Carrolltown back pain patients have hope!

Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation shares new research about the role of spinal manipulation in potentially regenerating degenerated discs. 
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