Future Possibilities for Growing Pensacola Degenerated Discs

Bad discs. Old discs. Flat discs. None of them sound attractive at all! But 80% of us will feel them some time in our life. (1) 5.7 million people a year in the US suffer with spine related injuries. (2) We will miss work days, fun days, and financial opportunities because of the pain and loss of function. (Plus low back pain costs $12.2 to 90.6 million in the US!) So what would we like? How about a NEW disc? Of course, Pensacola back pain sufferers with degenerated discs would love a new disc. Unfortunately, they have been tried. They’re metal, and the body does not always take to them very well. They do not continually give all the function we want. Sometimes they simply fail. What’s next? Researchers are working on that. While they do that, your Pensacola chiropractor at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center will keep offering what research shows currently works: spinal mobilization and nutritional supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and other chiropractic services. Read on for what’s happening now with all of these things.

BAD DISCS

In a new study, the loss of proteoglycans was a central issue in intervertebral disc degeneration, natural disc failure. The inner part of the disc – the nucleus pulposus – was most typically altered by the degeneration which ultimately changed the whole spine’s biomechanics. Degenerative changes to the disc spread to the structures surrounding the disc, leading to higher risk of injury and functional change. (3) This natural loss of proteoglycans has researchers thinking about how to more naturally deal with new disc formation…natural and artificial.

GROWING A NEW SPINE – NUTRITION vs LAB

Treatment for degenerated discs typically concentrates on relief of the pain and discomfort they produce. NSAIDs, PT, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and nutritional supplements were usual approaches in this study. Artificial discs have a way to go as they don’t always assimilate into the spinal tissue nor return structure and function as desired. New disc replacement research is centering on tissue engineering and regeneration to increase the body’s acceptance of the new disc material. There is a long road ahead for this as researchers study the metabolism and cellular environment of the disc. The enthusiasm for disc repair and regeneration grows. (2) More precisely hydrogels are biomaterial regenerative medicine and research is exploring. They hold water and cells (like real discs!). They can be injected and modified as needed. They have low toxicity. They may be good for treatment of Pensacola osteoarthritis and degenerated discs. (4) Researchers say that there is a long road ahead yet for hydrogels to develop. In the meantime, Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center offers current research-supported option of Pensacola spinal mobilization and nutrition.

DEALING WITH THE SPINE AS IT IS NOW - MOBILIZATION

Until the “growing a new spine” concept and artificial disc are perfected, your Pensacola chiropractor is here to help with the one you have. Nutrition helps. Spinal mobilization helps. A recent paper asserted spinal mobilization as a most preferred approach for reducing pain and disability in chronic low back pain and degenerated disc patients. (5) As for terminology, “mobilization” and “non-thrust manipulation” are used interchangeably in medical papers. (1) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center uses Cox® Technic, a non-thrust manipulation treatment that is gentle and relieving. As part of the Cox® Technic system, nutritional supplements with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate may [[aid in inflammation reduction|reduce inflammation, rehydrate a degenerated disc, and reduce pain.

CONTACT Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management is explained to be relieving for low back pain due to disc degeneration without a new or artificial disc!

Schedule your next Pensacola chiropractic appointment at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center today. Your “bad” discs will thank you. Your boosted quality of life will thank you.

Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center offers conservative care for degenerated, bad discs to help back pain sufferers enjoy their lives now. 
 
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