A Healthy Baton Rouge Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Baton Rouge chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine plays a role as a separator to hold the spinal bones apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits motion of the spine. The disc also supports a large opening for the nerves exiting the spine through which to pass. If this opening is thinned, which occurs when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression impedes circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve sets in. The narrowing of the nerve opening is called Baton Rouge spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Baton Rouge stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc functions like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore performs to preclude nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, causing in motion loss, nerve compression, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs have a content of a chemical termed glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to take in water from the fluid coming into the disc. Actually, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content of the disc’s interior decreases significantly with degeneration, thus lowering the water content of the disc. Disc water loss because of 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 termed instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

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

First, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation offers a specialized form of Baton Rouge spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, boosts the nerve opening size, reduces pressure inside the disc to help in circulation, returns lost range of motion to the spine and creates nerve conduction to the brain for pain relief. (4) This latter benefit is called afferentation. The manipulation reverses the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that cause spinal stenosis and loss of motion. A report 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation benefits Baton Rouge back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is improved when combined with Cox® Technic. Combining these two allows increased levels in the disc. It is this glycosaminoglycan that absorbs water to nine times its own volume, generating higher fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and aid 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 Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation

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 Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment today. Your Baton Rouge spine will appreciate the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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