A Healthy West Palm Beach Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Moses Chiropractic understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! West Palm Beach chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine performs 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 thinned, 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 starts. The narrowing of the nerve opening is termed West Palm Beach spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI depiction of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

West Palm Beach stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc functions like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore acts to avoid nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, resulting in motion loss, nerve compression, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to take in water from the fluid coming into the disc. In fact, 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 reduces 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’s look at two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is done.

First, Moses Chiropractic uses a specialized type of West Palm Beach spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, boosts 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 reverses the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that cause spinal stenosis and loss of motion. A report 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 satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Moses Chiropractic benefits West Palm Beach back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Moses Chiropractic may recommend nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is enhanced when combined with Cox® Technic. Combining these two allows increased levels in the disc. It is this glycosaminoglycan that absorbs water to nine times its own volume, producing 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)

CONTACT Moses Chiropractic

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 West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment today. Your West Palm Beach spine will appreciate the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

 
Your West Palm Beach chiropractor loves seeing a healthy intervertebral disc and helps the not so healthy one recover. 
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