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Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Sees Disc Disease in Young People

“You’re young! You do not have to worry about back pain.” Not true! New research shows that young and old alike must contend with disc degeneration. Most of us will personally have to face disc degeneration’s pain at some point in our lives…or help a loved one dealing with its back pain or neck pain effects. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation is here for young and old alike when Carrolltown disc degeneration interferes with your life.

DDD STARTS EARLIER THAN ONCE THOUGHT

It is hard to believe, but it’s reported in the medical literature. Disc degeneration begins in the late teens!  A study of 18-20 year old healthy air force cadets found that 77% showed disc degeneration or disc herniation. (1) That’s a new discovery! It’s been written elsewhere that disc degeneration starts at age 20. Now it’s shown to appear in 18 year olds! In this project MRIs were done on all cadets. They all reported no spine pain. On MRI, 30% showed at least one disc’s dehydrating, 13% disc narrowing, 49% disc bulging, 18% disc protruding, 8% disc extruding, 13% with spondylolisthesis, and less than 1% even showed asymptomatic vertebral fractures. These results in young, seemingly healthy people are similar to what would be expected in adults. (1) It’s never too early to start paying attention to the spine! Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation pays attention to everyone’s spinal issues via spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise.

WHY?

Researchers (and parents) ask “why?” Why does lumbar spine disc degeneration or cervical spine disc degeneration begin so early? Genetics may play a role. 80% of patients in a new study had mutations in their collagen-encoding genes. Collagen is vital to disc and joint health. Lumbar disc herniation patients had two variants in their gene encoding for aggrecan, a protein that the end plate depends on for load-bearing. Such a mutation influences the nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus and end plates. (2) Certainly, the whole story of why a disc degenerates is not fully defined yet. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation does have ways to contain and relieve the pain of a Carrolltown degenerated disc.

INTERRUPTING DISC DEGENERATION, PROMOTING DISC REGENERATION

Researchers described disc degeneration as a complex connection of mechanical, biochemical, and structural alterations at the cellular level, cells that exist in an abnormal mechanical environment. Regeneration of such cells would demand very specific conditions and wouldn’t always be possible. However, traction of 2 to 6 weeks was found to be a sensitive time for regeneration of a degenerated disc. The researchers suggest that this could interrupt the above described cascade of changes. (3) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation uses Cox® Technic to gently produce a positive environment for the healing of degenerated discs by increasing the area of the spinal canal by 28%, increasing the height of the disc by 17%, and decreasing intradiscal pressures to as low as -192mmHg in the low back and dropping pressures in the cervical spine by a mean pressure as much as 1265 mmHg. (4,5) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation bolsters the Cox® Technic system of spinal pain management by adding spinal nutrition (particularly disc nutrition supplementation) and exercise to optimize the relief and clinical outcome for Carrolltown back pain patients.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paxton Schofield  on The Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who discussed his care of arthritis and degeneration with Cox® Technic.

Schedule your Carrolltown chiropractic appointment at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation for your spine’s health. You may not be as young as you think for back pain, and you are surely not too young to look after your spine. A Carrolltown chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise can benefit all ages of back pain and neck pain sufferers due to disc degeneration.

Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation relieves back pain due to disc degeneration in younger people in their teens and 20s.  
 
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