Back And Neck Care Center Explains Degenerative Disc Disease and How Nutrition Helps

Common questions of Severna Park back pain sufferers at Back And Neck Care Center include: “What is Severna Park degenerative disease?” (Back And Neck Care Center can explain what degenerative disc disease at the drop of a hat!) and “Will nutrition help?” (“Yes!”)

WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?

Degenerative disc disease comes oftentimes from normal, age-related changes that happen in the discs of the spine that cause pain. The spinal discs act like shock absorbers between the vertebral bones of your spine. As discs degenerate, they don’t do their job very well. A discs’ health stems from the health of surrounding structures as much as its own health. The cartilage endplates perform a vital 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 Back And Neck Care Center approaches disc health from both the inside and outside. The disc needs some special nutritional elements to maintain its health and strength, ready to preserve the mobility of the spine. It requires glucose, glycosaminoglycan, calcium, magnesium, chondroitin sulfate, and more. It gets these nutrients through the cartilaginous endplates that surround it on top and bottom (70%) and from the sides of the disc (30%). The cartilage endplates of the disc that are adjacent to the vertebral bodies of the spine feed nutrients to 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 decreased 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 vital 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 emphasizes 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! Lying down even for a short time allows an increase in the cervical spine and thoracic intervertebral discs’ hydration volume. (3) Back And Neck Care Center treats the disc from the inside with nutrition and the outside with sleep recommendations as well as spinal manipulation.

Severna Park CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT HELPS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

While lying down unloads the spine, dynamic loading of the spine helps, too. How? It returns to those cartilage endplates once again.  Cartilage endplates’ ability to allow flow of nutrients depends on its porosity. The more porous and healthy the endplates are, the more flow of nutrients is allowed. The less porous, less hydrated, more degenerated the endplates are, the less flow of nutrients is allowed. New research today presents 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 concentrate on individual segments of the spine to enhance motion where disc degeneration may exist. It’s gentle, relieving care delivered every day at Back And Neck Care 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 Severna Park chiropractic appointment for your degenerated discs. Back And Neck Care Center has a treatment plan of spinal manipulation and nutrition to assist you in finding some reprieve from pain due to degenerative disc disease.  
 
Back And Neck Care Center takes care of degenerative disc disease with chiropractic treatment and nutritional interventions.  
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