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A Healthy St. Francisville Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! St. Francisville chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine acts as a separator holding the spinal bone apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits motion of the spine. The disc also provides a large opening for the nerves leaving 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 termed St. Francisville spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI depiction of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

St. Francisville stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc works like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore functions to avoid nerve compression and to allow spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to move nearer one another, causing in loss of motion, compressed nerve, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical termed glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to absorb water from the fluid coming into the disc. In fact, the interior 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 because of GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration reduces the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The incapacity to control motion of the vertebrae is called instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let us consider two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is done.

First, Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville uses a specialized form of St. Francisville spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, increases the nerve opening size, reduces pressure within the disc to assist 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 undoes the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that result in spinal stenosis and loss of motion. Researchers revealed that spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lower extremity sciatica pain reduced low back and leg pain intensity, disability, pain; improved range of motion of spine; and satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville benefits St. Francisville back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is improved when combined with Cox® Technic. Combining these two allows higher levels in the disc. It is this glycosaminoglycan that absorbs water to nine times its own volume, creating 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 healing 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 shares 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 St. Francisville chiropractic appointment today. Your St. Francisville spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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