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A Healthy Carrolltown Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Carrolltown 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 maintains a large opening for the nerves leaving 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 impedes circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve starts. The narrowing of the nerve opening is termed Carrolltown spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Carrolltown stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc functions like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore performs to avoid nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to come closer to one another, resulting in loss of motion, compressed nerve, and pain in the back or down the arms or legs. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs have a content of a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to absorb water from the fluid moving into the disc. Actually, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content of the disc’s interior decreases significantly with degeneration, thus reducing the water content of the disc. Disc water loss due to GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration decreases 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 us consider two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is delivered.

First, Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation offers a specialized form of Carrolltown spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, enlarges the nerve opening size, reduces pressure inside 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 undoes the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that cause spinal stenosis and loss of motion. A study 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 satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation benefits Carrolltown back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation may recommend nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is improved 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 aid prevention of disc degeneration and inflammation. Folic acid (Vitamin B9) contributes to peripheral nerve injury repair by helping 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 Carrolltown chiropractic appointment today. Your Carrolltown spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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