Future Possibilities for Growing Baton Rouge Degenerated Discs

Bad discs. Old discs. Flat discs. None of them sound attractive at all! But 80% of us will experience them at some point in 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. (Additionally $12.2 to 90.6 million in the US is spent on low back pain treatment!) So what would we like? What about a NEW disc? Of course, Baton Rouge back pain sufferers with degenerated discs would really like a new disc. Unfortunately, they’ve been tried. They are metal, and the body doesn’t always take to them very well. They do not always give all the function we want. Sometimes they just plain fail. What is next? Researchers are working on that. While they do that, your Baton Rouge chiropractor at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation will keep using what research documents currently works: spinal mobilization and nutritional supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and other chiropractic services. Read on for what is 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 commonly affected by the degeneration which eventually changed the whole spine’s biomechanics. Degenerative changes to the disc spread to the structures surrounding the disc, leading to increased risk of injury and functional change. (3) This natural loss of proteoglycans has researchers working on how to more naturally address new disc formation…natural and artificial.

GROWING A NEW SPINE – NUTRITION vs LAB

Treatment for degenerated discs usually focuses on relief of the pain and discomfort they cause. NSAIDs, PT, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and nutritional supplements were usual ways in this study. Artificial discs need some more time as they don’t always assimilate into the spinal tissue nor return structure and function as desired. New disc replacement research is focusing on tissue engineering and regeneration to boost the body’s incorporation of the new disc material. There is a long road ahead for this as researchers study the disc’s metabolism and cellular environment. The excitement for disc repair and regeneration grows. (2) More specifically hydrogels are biomaterial regenerative medicine and research is investigating. They hold water and cells (like real discs!). They can be injected and adapted as needed. They have low toxicity. They may be good for treatment of Baton Rouge osteoarthritis and degenerated discs. (4) Researchers say that there is a long road ahead yet for hydrogels to prove themselves. In the meantime, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation utilizes current research-supported option of Baton Rouge spinal mobilization and nutrition.

DEALING WITH THE SPINE AS IT IS NOW - MOBILIZATION

Until the “growing a new spine” idea and artificial disc get perfected, your Baton Rouge 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 decreasing 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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 lessen pain.

CONTACT Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation

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 described relieving for low back pain due to disc degeneration without a new or artificial disc!

Schedule your next Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation today. Your “bad” discs will thank you. Your boosted quality of life will thank you.

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation uses conservative care for degenerated, bad discs to help back pain sufferers enjoy their lives now. 
 
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