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Possible Regeneration for St. Francisville Disc Degeneration

The future: disc re-generation! It is an exciting possibility being today. Turning disc degeneration into disc regeneration holds hope for back pain sufferers everywhere. What is the latest suggested process? Distraction. Just what your St. Francisville chiropractor at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is quite experienced in delivering! St. Francisville chiropractic spinal manipulation is beneficial. For St. Francisville back pain related to disc degeneration, these new disc regeneration studies extend 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 changes that must all come together to result in disc degeneration initially. Giving credit to previous studies on degenerated discs, they acknowledged that traction/distraction has been shown to increase disc height and decrease intervertebral pressure. (Research regarding biomechanical effects of Cox® Technic flexion distraction used at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville has shown a 17% increase in disc height, a 28% increase in area, and an intradiscal pressure drop in lumbar spine discs to as low as -192mmHg pressure. (1) ) They explained that not all levels of disc degeneration can be regenerated as all the right circumstances must converge for regenerating the disc that came together in its degeneration. They explain that their research demonstrated that traction interrupted the cycle of disc degeneration in the experimental study, particularly that 2 to 6 weeks of traction is best to regenerate a degenerated disc. (2) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville tracks this research most enthusiastically.


Another published paper stated 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 upon 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 rose significantly. Both 2 and 4 weeks of traction resulted in change, but 4 weeks’ changes were significantly better to 2 weeks. Other disc changes researchers described were the pores in the bony endplate, their number and diameter that all increased. (3) A third study on this topic of potential disc regeneration related 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, Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville delivers safe, gentle, low-tension to patient tolerance distraction according to The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols. St. Francisville 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 is designed for back pain relief of disc degeneration-related pain.

Schedule your next St. Francisville chiropractic appointment today. If you suffer with disc degeneration- related back pain, disc re-generation as a futuristic concept may not be so futuristic. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is keeping track of the developments that may lead to and support disc regeneration. Our St. Francisville back pain patients have hope!

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville shares new research about the role of spinal manipulation in potentially regenerating degenerated discs. 
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