All About An Abnormal Fort Wayne Lumbar SpineThe Most Common Causes of Cervical Spine Pain are Basically Two: a disc condition in which tearing of the elastic fibers of the interverterbral disc causes pain and sometimes allows swelling of the disc to compress a nerve, resulting in leg pain (sciatica).a non-disc condition due to articular facet joint irritation at the motion areas of one vertebra with another. DISC CONDITIONS A normal disc becomes abnormal when it loses the fluid of its nucleus pulposus (center of the disc) due to degeneration (nutrition loss), injury or arthritis. Such problems produce pain by thinning of the disc space (disc degeneration)misalignment of facet articulations (subluxation)narrowing of the spinal nerve opening (stenosis)compression of the spinal nerve root via the escape of the fluid of the nucleus pulposus' center (disc herniation / non-contained disc) that chemically or mechanically presses on the nervecompresssion of the spinal nerve root via the nucleus pulposus' center pushing the outer fibers (anulus fibrosis) into the spinal canal and onto a spinal nerve (disc herniation / contained disc)compression of the spinal nerve root that results in leg pain (sciatica) LUMBAR NON-DISC CONDITIONS Other conditions due to lumbar spine issues... Ankylosing spondylitis Arthritis Compression fracture Degenerative disc disease Disc herniation - containedDisc herniation-non-contained Facet syndromeFemoral nerve root painGOIC syndromeOsteoporosisPersistent post-surgical pain syndromePregnancy-related back (and leg) pain Retrolisthesis Sciatica (leg pain) Scoliosis Short leg Spinal instability SpondylolisthesisSprain/strainStenosisSubluxationSynovial cystTransitional segmentTropismViscerosomatic disease Healing Time You must understand that it takes three months for a torn disc to heal well enough to allow you to return to daily activities like prolonged sitting, bending, lifting, twisting, etc. Now that doesn't mean that you will have pain for three months, but rather that it takes that time to heal whether you feel pain or not. The first three to four weeks of concentrated in-office treatment, therapies, and at-home care are designed to allow the best opportunity for your disc to heal quickly. Clinical Outcomes In the 1000 cases study of patients undergoing care for their back pain, 91% reported maximum improvement in 90 days of care and 70% of patients in less than 30 visits. (1) Treatment In office, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc uses Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression to lower the pressure in the disc so the nucleus pulposus returns to the center of the disc, aid in the healing of the torn anular fibers, and drive out chemicals that irritate and inflame the spinal nerves. At Home Tips At home you will want to avoid sitting for long periods of time, wear a support brace if recommended, take nutritional supplements that help rebuild disc cartilage, sleep on a supportive mattress, sit in an ergonomically designed chair, avoid constipation which just forces you to use pressure that your spine doesn't need, and modify your daily activities as needed. Contact us for relief of your cervical spine pain. Reference Cox, JM, Feller JA, Cox JA: Distraction Chiropractic Adjusting: Clinical Application, Treatment Algorithms, and Clinical Outcomes of 1000 Cases Studied. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic 1996; (3)3:45-59, 79-81 "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. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."