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A Healthy Watertown Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Watertown Wellness Center understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Watertown chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine plays a role as a separator holding the spinal bone apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits motion of the spine. The disc also supports a large opening for the nerves leaving the spine through which to pass. If this opening is thinned, 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 shrinking of the nerve opening is termed Watertown spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Watertown stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc functions like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore performs to avoid 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, compressed nerve, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What maintains the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical termed glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to take up water from the fluid coming 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 dropping the water content of the disc. Disc water loss because of GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration decreases 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, Watertown Wellness Center uses a specialized form of Watertown spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, enlarges the nerve opening size, drops 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 termed afferentation. The manipulation undoes the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that cause 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) Watertown Wellness Center benefits Watertown back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Watertown Wellness Center may recommend nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is improved when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination 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 assist 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)

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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 Watertown chiropractic appointment today. Your Watertown spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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