About Fort Wayne TropismDefinition facet joints face differently Description Tropism is a developmental abnormality of the facet joint facing or orientation, making it a condition that can cause you stress and pain. So if you notice pain on one side of your low back when you twist the wrong way or bend to pick something up, tropism may be your condition. The facets of one or more vertebrae in your spine don't line up the same way, so doing one motion like flexing makes one side's facet pair happy and the other side's pair unhappy. Facet pairs are supposed to face the same direction. In tropism, one facet faces one way and the other facet faces the other way. Sagittal facets like to flex and extend. Coronal facets like to move laterally. This leads to increased stress on the disc, leading to pain. Disc degeneration and herniation may result over time. Tropism Condition Description Examination A thorough, clinical examination that may include imaging is important to your recovery. Lumbar Spine Exam Description Treatment In office, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc uses Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression to widen the canal space, drop the intradiscal pressure and increase the disc height to relieve pain. You will welcome the Cox Technic manipulation that gently "pulls you apart," as many patients describe the treatment or say they need. Depending on the severity of your pain and symptoms, gentler Protocol I may be applied until 50% relief of pain or more restoring Protocol II may be applied to guide your recovery. Graphic Animation of Cox Technic - Lumbar Spine The disc is pressing on the nerve.Note that as the disc herniation reduces, the pinched nerve is relieved. This is an animation of the goal of Cox Technic Flexion-Distraction and Decompression: reduced irritation of spinal elements enough to relieve pain and help you regain your quality of life. The amount of decrease in size of the herniated disc necessary for pain relief varies from 0% to 100% for each individual patient. Cox Technic Protocol I - for severe pain and pain that extends below the knee Cox Technic Protocol II - for pain that is in the low back and leg but does not extend below the knee In office adjunctive care may hasten your recovery. At Home Care At home you may want to avoid sitting for long periods of time, wear a support brace if recommended, take nutritional supplements that help rebuild disc cartilage, do exercises that strengthen your spine, sleep on a supportive mattress, sit in an ergonomically designed chair, and modify your daily activities as needed. Contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc for relief of your pain due to tropism. "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."