A Healthy Sandy Springs Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Cross Chiropractic Center understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Sandy Springs chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine acts as a separator to hold the spinal bones apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits motion of the spine. The disc also maintains a large opening for the nerves exiting the spine through which to pass. If this opening is thinned, 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 narrowing of the nerve opening is called Sandy Springs spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI poster of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Sandy Springs stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc acts like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore works to stop nerve compression and to allow spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to come closer to one another, causing in loss of motion, compressed nerve, and pain in the back or down the arms or legs. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to take in water from the fluid entering the disc. Actually, 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. The loss of water in the disc due to GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration decreases the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The incapacity to control motion of the vertebrae is called instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let us consider two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is done.

First, Cross Chiropractic Center uses a specialized type of Sandy Springs spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, enlarges the nerve opening size, drops pressure within the disc to help 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 reverses the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that result in 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; improved range of motion of spine; and satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Cross Chiropractic Center benefits Sandy Springs back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Cross Chiropractic Center may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is enhanced 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 repair by helping Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT Cross Chiropractic 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 Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment today. Your Sandy Springs spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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