A Healthy Fort Wayne Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Aaron Chiropractic Clinic understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Fort Wayne chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value 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 supports a large opening for the nerves exiting 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 shrinking of the nerve opening is called Fort Wayne spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Fort Wayne stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc acts like a spring to hold 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 come closer to one another, resulting in loss of motion, compressed nerve, 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 up water from the fluid coming into the disc. In fact, the interior of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content in the inner disc 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 decreases the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The inability 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, Aaron Chiropractic Clinic offers a specialized form of Fort Wayne spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, increases the nerve opening size, drops pressure inside the disc to aid in circulation, returns 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 result in spinal stenosis and loss of motion. Researchers showed 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) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic benefits Fort Wayne back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Aaron Chiropractic Clinic 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, 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) plays a part in 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 Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Your Fort Wayne spine will appreciate the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

 
Your Fort Wayne chiropractor loves seeing a healthy intervertebral disc and helps the not so healthy one recover. 
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