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A Healthy Vancouver Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Vancouver Disc Centers understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Vancouver 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 allows 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 narrowed, which happens when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression slows circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve starts. The shrinking of the nerve opening is called Vancouver spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI depiction of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Vancouver stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc acts like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore acts to prevent nerve compression and to allow spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, resulting in loss of motion, compressed nerve, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to take up water from the fluid coming into the disc. In fact, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content of the disc’s interior decreases 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 us look at two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is done.

First, Vancouver Disc Centers uses a specialized form of Vancouver spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, enlarges the nerve opening size, decreases pressure inside the disc to assist in circulation, restores 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 cause spinal stenosis and loss of motion. A study showed 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 gratified patients in the short and long term. (2) Vancouver Disc Centers benefits Vancouver back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Vancouver Disc Centers may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is boosted when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination allows higher levels in the disc. The glycosaminoglycan absorbs water to nine times its own volume, producing 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 encouraging 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 Vancouver chiropractic appointment today. Your Vancouver spine will appreciate the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

 
Your Vancouver chiropractor really likes seeing a healthy intervertebral disc and helps the not so healthy one recover. 
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