Possible Regeneration for Fort Wayne Disc Degeneration 10/13/2020The future: disc re-generation! It is an exciting possibility being examined today. Turning disc degeneration into disc regeneration holds hope for back pain sufferers everywhere. What is the latest proposed process? Distraction. Just what your Fort Wayne chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC is well-trained to do! Fort Wayne chiropractic spinal manipulation is beneficial. For Fort Wayne back pain related to disc degeneration, these new disc regeneration reports extend hope for back pain relief. DISC DEGENERATION AND REGENERATION CONTRIBUTORS Researchers are sounding more and more positive about disc regeneration. A recent set of researchers described the biochemical, mechanical, and structural modifications that must all come together to lead to disc degeneration in the first place. Giving credit to prior studies on degenerated discs, they conceded that traction/distraction has been shown to enhance disc height and decrease intervertebral pressure. (Research regarding biomechanical effects of Cox® Technic flexion distraction used at Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC has shown a 17% increase in disc height, a 28% increase in area, and an intradiscal pressure drop in lumbar spine discs to as low as -192mmHg pressure. (1) ) They explained that not all levels of disc degeneration can be regenerated as all the necessary conditions must come together for regenerating the disc that did so for its degeneration. They report that their research showed that traction interrupted the cycle of disc degeneration in the experimental study, particularly that 2 to 6 weeks of traction is optimal to regenerate a degenerated disc. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC tracks this research most excitedly. IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH: LOW TENSION DISTRACTION Another published paper stated that there is greater reconstruction and better effectiveness of disc regeneration or repair when low-tension traction instead of high tension traction is used. The researchers described that the lab findings are based on the proteoglycan content of the nucleus pulposus of the spinal intervertebral disc, the very center of the disc, which consists of proteoglycans. The proteoglycan content of the nucleus increased significantly. Both 2 and 4 weeks of traction brought about change, but 4 weeks’ changes were significantly superior to 2 weeks. Other disc changes researchers described were the pores in the bony endplate, their number and diameter that all increased. (3) A third study on this topic of potential disc regeneration reported that 28 days of compression followed by 28 days of distraction resulted in disc rehydration, accelerated extracellular matrix gene expression, and increased numbers of protein-expressing cells. (4) With these exciting papers in mind, Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC provides safe, gentle, low-tension to patient tolerance distraction according to The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols. Fort Wayne back pain sufferers are thankful we do! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how The Cox® Technic System delivers back pain relief of disc degeneration-related pain. Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. If you have back pain related to disc degeneration, disc re-generation as a futuristic concept may not be so futuristic. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC is keeping track of the developments that may lead to and support disc regeneration. Our Fort Wayne back pain patients have hope! « View All Featured Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page."