Pflugerville Wellness Center Explains Degenerative Disc Disease and How Nutrition Helps

Common questions of Pflugerville back pain sufferers at Pflugerville Wellness Center include: “What is Pflugerville degenerative disease?” (Pflugerville Wellness Center can explain what degenerative disc disease at the drop of a hat!) and “Can nutrition help?” (“Yes!”)

WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?

Degenerative disc disease results many times from typical, age-related changes that happen in the discs of the spine that produce pain. The spinal discs act like shock absorbers between the vertebral bones of your spine. As discs degenerate, they do not do their job very well. A discs’ health stems from the health of surrounding structures as much as its own health. The cartilage endplates play a huge role in the health of the disc. Unhealthy endplates do, also, as they may contribute to degenerative disc disease.

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND NUTRITION HELP DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

Chiropractic care at Pflugerville Wellness Center manages disc health from both the inside and outside. The disc needs some special nutritional elements to maintain its health and strength, ready to preserve the mobility of the spine. It needs glucose, glycosaminoglycan, calcium, magnesium, chondroitin sulfate, and more. It gets these nutrients through the cartilaginous endplates that border it above and below (70%) and from the sides of the disc (30%). The cartilage endplates of the disc that abut the vertebral bodies of the spine provide a major path for nutrients to get into the disc. Permeability of the cartilage endplate increases as it ages and degenerates. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate is linked to the beginning of cell starvation and death of the disc due to poor nutrition. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate may well be responsible for mechanical load-induced dehydration of the disc’s nucleus pulposus and reduced levels of glucose in the nucleus pulposus (inner gel of the disc)-annulus fibrosus (outer bands of the disc) connection area. (Read more about disc nutrition with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate.) (1) The endplates are key to the disc’s health. When the endplates are harmed by degenerative changes, they cannot perform their job of transporting nutrients into the disc. One study stresses this issue by explaining that severe inhibition in the endplate nutritional pathways likely leads to intervertebral disc disruption. (2) Additionally, a good night’s rest may be beneficial for more than beauty! resting recumbent even for a short time permits an increase in the cervical spine and thoracic intervertebral discs’ hydration volume. (3) Pflugerville Wellness Center treats the disc from the inside with nutrition and the outside with sleep recommendations and spinal manipulation.

Pflugerville CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT HELPS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

While lying down unloads the spine, dynamic loading of the spine is beneficial, too. How? It comes back to those cartilage endplates once again.  Cartilage endplates’ ability to allow flow of nutrients depends on its porosity. The more porous and healthy the endplates are, the more flow of nutrients is permitted. The less porous, less hydrated, more degenerated the endplates are, the less flow of nutrients is permitted. New research today presents the benefits of dynamic loading (as opposed to static loading) on nutrient transport into the disc via cartilage endplates. (4) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is dynamic treatment of the spine. The protocols of Cox® Technic focus on individual segments of the spine to increase motion where disc degeneration may exist. It’s gentle, relieving care delivered every day at Pflugerville Wellness Center!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Sylvia Hrefna from Iceland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she discusses her relieving care with Cox® Technic of a patient with disc degeneration in her cervical spine, the second of two cases in this podcast. 

Schedule a Pflugerville chiropractic appointment for care of your degenerative disc disease issues. Pflugerville Wellness Center has a treatment plan of spinal manipulation and nutrition to help you find some relief of pain because of degenerative disc disease.  
 
Pflugerville Wellness Center takes care of degenerative disc disease with chiropractic treatment and nutritional interventions.  
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