A Healthy Pflugerville Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Pflugerville Wellness Center knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Pflugerville chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine acts as a separator to hold the spinal bones apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits motion of the spine. The disc also provides a large opening for the nerves exiting the spine through which to pass. If this opening is narrowed, which occurs 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 narrowing of the nerve opening is called Pflugerville spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Pflugerville stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc acts like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore works to prevent nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to move nearer one another, resulting in loss of motion, nerve compression, and pain in the back or down the arms or legs. What maintains the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to take in water from the fluid moving into the disc. Actually, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content in the inner disc reduces 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 incapacity to control motion of the vertebrae is termed instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let us look at two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is delivered.

First, Pflugerville Wellness Center offers a specialized form of Pflugerville spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, boosts the nerve opening size, reduces 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 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; increased range of motion of spine; and satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Pflugerville Wellness Center benefits Pflugerville back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Pflugerville Wellness Center may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is enhanced when combined with Cox® Technic. Combining these two allows higher levels in the disc. The glycosaminoglycan 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 promoting Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT Pflugerville Wellness Center

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

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