Cross Chiropractic Center Explains Degenerative Disc Disease and How Nutrition Helps

Usual questions of Sandy Springs back pain sufferers at Cross Chiropractic Center include: “What is Sandy Springs degenerative disease?” (Cross Chiropractic Center can explain what degenerative disc disease at the drop of a hat!) and “Can nutrition help?” (“Yes!”)

WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?

Degenerative disc disease results oftentimes from typical, age-related changes that take place in the discs of the spine that trigger pain. The spinal discs function like shock absorbers between the vertebral bones of your spine. As discs degenerate, they do not do their job very well. A discs’ health depends on the health of surrounding structures as much as its own health. The cartilage endplates play a huge role in the health of the disc. Unhealthy endplates do, also, as they may play a part in degenerative disc disease.

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND NUTRITION HELP DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

Chiropractic care at Cross Chiropractic Center approaches disc health from both the inside and outside. The disc needs some special nutritional elements to keep it healthy and strong, ready to preserve the mobility of the spine. It calls for glucose, glycosaminoglycan, calcium, magnesium, chondroitin sulfate, and more. It gets these nutrients via the cartilaginous endplates that border it on top and bottom (70%) and from the sides of the disc (30%). The cartilage endplates of the disc that abut the vertebral bodies of the spine provide a major path for nutrients to get into the disc. Permeability of the cartilage endplate increases as it ages and degenerates. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate is linked to the beginning of cell starvation and death of the disc due to poor nutrition. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate may well be responsible for mechanical load-induced dehydration of the disc’s nucleus pulposus and reduced levels of glucose in the nucleus pulposus (inner gel of the disc)-annulus fibrosus (outer bands of the disc) connection area. (Read more about disc nutrition with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate.) (1) The endplates are crucial to the disc’s health. When the endplates are damaged by degenerative changes, they cannot do their job of transporting nutrients into the disc. One study stresses this issue by describing how severe inhibition in the endplate nutritional pathways likely leads to intervertebral disc disruption. (2) Additionally, a good night’s rest may be beneficial for more than beauty! resting recumbent even for a short time allows an increase in the cervical spine and thoracic intervertebral discs’ hydration volume. (3) Cross Chiropractic Center cares for the disc from the inside with nutrition and the outside with sleep recommendations in addition to spinal manipulation.

Sandy Springs CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT HELPS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

While resting recumbent unloads the spine, dynamic loading of the spine is beneficial, too. How? It returns to those cartilage endplates yet again.  The ability of the cartilage endplates The more porous and healthy the endplates are, the more flow of nutrients is permitted. The less porous, less hydrated, more degenerated the endplates are, the less flow of nutrients is allowed. New research today describes the benefits of dynamic loading (as opposed to static loading) on nutrient transport into the disc via cartilage endplates. (4) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is dynamic treatment of the spine. The protocols of Cox® Technic focus on individual segments of the spine to enhance motion where disc degeneration may be present. It is gentle, relieving care delivered every day at Cross Chiropractic Center!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Sylvia Hrefna from Iceland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she presents her relieving care with Cox® Technic of a patient with disc degeneration in her cervical spine, the second of two cases in this podcast. 

Schedule a Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment for your degenerated discs. Cross Chiropractic Center has a treatment plan of spinal manipulation and nutrition to help you find some reprieve from pain because of degenerative disc disease.  
 
Cross Chiropractic Center takes care of degenerative disc disease with chiropractic treatment and nutritional interventions.  
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