A Healthy Pensacola Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Pensacola 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 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 narrowed, which happens when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression impedes circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve begins. The shrinking of the nerve opening is called Pensacola spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI depiction of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Pensacola stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc works like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore functions to stop nerve compression and to allow spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, resulting in loss of motion, nerve compression, and pain in the back or down the arms or legs. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs have a content of a chemical termed glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to take in water from the fluid coming into the disc. In fact, the interior 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 decreases the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The inability to control motion of the vertebrae is called instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

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

First, Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center offers a specialized type of Pensacola spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, boosts the nerve opening size, drops pressure within the disc to assist in circulation, restores lost range of motion to the spine and creates 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; improved range of motion of spine; and gratified patients in the short and long term. (2) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center benefits Pensacola back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is improved when combined with Cox® Technic. Combining these two allows higher levels in the disc. The glycosaminoglycan absorbs water to nine times its own volume, producing higher fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and assist 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 Pensacola Spinal Rehab 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 Pensacola chiropractic appointment today. Your Pensacola spine will appreciate the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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