Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation Sees Disc Disease in Young People

“You’re young! You do not have to worry about back pain.” Not true! New research confirms young and old alike must deal with disc degeneration. Most of us will personally have to face disc degeneration’s pain at some point in our lives…or help a loved one dealing with its back pain or neck pain ramifications. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is here for young and old alike when Baton Rouge disc degeneration disrupts your quality of life.

DDD STARTS EARLIER THAN ONCE THOUGHT

It is hard to believe, but it’s reported in the medical literature. Disc degeneration begins in the late teens!  A study of 18-20 year old healthy air force cadets revealed that 77% showed disc degeneration or disc herniation. (1) That is a new discovery! It’s been recorded elsewhere that disc degeneration starts at age 20. Now it is found to start in 18 year olds! In this study MRIs were taken of all cadets. They all reported no spine pain. On MRI, 30% showed at least one disc was dehydrating, 13% disc narrowing, 49% disc bulging, 18% disc protruding, 8% disc extruding, 13% with spondylolisthesis, and less than 1% even had asymptomatic vertebral fractures. These results in young, seemingly healthy people are similar to what would be expected in adults. (1) It’s never too early to take care of the spine! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation takes care of spines at all ages via spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise.

WHY?

Researchers (and parents) ask “why?” Why does lumbar spine disc degeneration or cervical spine disc degeneration begin so early? It may be genetic. 80% of patients in a recent study had mutations in their collagen-encoding genes. Collagen is vital to disc and joint health. Lumbar disc herniation patients had two variants in their gene encoding for aggrecan, a protein that the end plate depends on for load-bearing. Such a mutation influences the nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus and end plates. (2) Of course, the whole story of why a disc degenerates is not fully known yet. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation does have ways to contain and relieve the pain of a Baton Rouge degenerated disc.

INTERRUPTING DISC DEGENERATION, PROMOTING DISC REGENERATION

Researchers described disc degeneration as a complex connection of mechanical, biochemical, and structural changes at the cellular level, cells that exist in an abnormal mechanical environment. Regeneration of such cells would require very specific conditions and would not always be possible. However, traction of 2 to 6 weeks was found to be a sensitive time for regeneration of a degenerated disc. The researchers suggest that this could interrupt the above explained cascade of changes. (3) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation uses Cox® Technic to gently produce a positive environment for the healing of degenerated discs by increasing the area of the spinal canal by 28%, increasing the height of the disc by 17%, and dropping intradiscal pressures to as low as -192mmHg in the low back and dropping pressures in the cervical spine by a mean pressure as much as 1265 mmHg. (4,5) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation bolsters the Cox® Technic system of spinal pain management by adding spinal nutrition (especially disc nutrition supplementation) and exercise to boost the relief and clinical outcome for Baton Rouge back pain patients.

CONTACT Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paxton Schofield  on The Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who presented his care of arthritis and degeneration with Cox® Technic.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation for your spine’s health. You may not be too young for back pain, and you are undoubtedly not too young to take care of your spine. A Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise can be good for all ages of back pain and neck pain sufferers struggling with disc degeneration.

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation manages back pain due to disc degeneration in younger people in their teens and 20s.  
 
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