Future Possibilities for Growing Fort Wayne Degenerated Discs03/10/2020Bad discs. Old discs. Flat discs. None of them sound appealing at all! But 80% of us will feel them some time in our life. (1) 5.7 million people a year in the US suffer with spine related injuries. (2) We will lose work days, fun days, and financial opportunities due to the pain and loss of function. (Plus $12.2 to 90.6 million in the US is spent on low back pain treatment!) So what would we want? How about a NEW disc? Of course, Fort Wayne back pain sufferers with degenerated discs would really like a new disc. Sadly, they’ve been tried. They’re metal, and the body doesn’t always take to them very well. They don’t always give all the function we dream of. Sometimes they just plain fail. What is next? Researchers are wondering that, too. While they do that, your Fort Wayne chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc will keep using what research shows is working now: spinal mobilization and nutritional supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and other chiropractic services. See what is happening now with all of these things. BAD DISCS In a recent report, the loss of proteoglycans was a central issue in intervertebral disc degeneration, natural disc failure. The inner part of the disc – the nucleus pulposus – was most commonly affected by the degeneration which ultimately altered the whole spine’s biomechanics. Degenerative changes to the disc spread to the structures around the disc, leading to higher risk of injury and functional change. (3) This natural loss of proteoglycans has researchers working on how to more naturally deal with new disc formation…natural and artificial. GROWING A NEW SPINE – NUTRITION vs LAB Treatment for degenerated discs usually concentrates on relief of the pain and discomfort they cause. NSAIDs, PT, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and nutritional supplements were usual approaches in this study. Artificial discs need some more time as they do not always integrate into the spinal tissue nor return structure and function as expected. New disc replacement research is centering on tissue engineering and regeneration to increase the body’s acceptance of the new disc material. There is a long way to go for this as researchers study the disc’s metabolism and cellular environment. The enthusiasm for disc repair and regeneration intensifies. (2) More specifically hydrogels are biomaterial regenerative medicine and research is exploring. They hold water and cells (like real discs!). They can be injected and modified as necessary. They have low toxicity. They may be good for treatment of Fort Wayne osteoarthritis and degenerated discs. (4) Researchers say that there is a need for more study yet for hydrogels to develop. Meanwhile, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc offers current research-supported preference of Fort Wayne spinal mobilization and nutrition. DEALING WITH THE SPINE AS IT IS NOW - MOBILIZATION Until the “growing a new spine” idea and artificial disc are perfected, your Fort Wayne chiropractor is here to help with the one you have. Nutrition helps. Spinal mobilization helps. A recent paper asserted spinal mobilization as a most preferred approach for decreasing pain and disability in chronic low back pain and degenerated disc patients. (5) As for terminology, “mobilization” and “non-thrust manipulation” are interchangeable in medical papers. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc offers Cox® Technic, a non-thrust gentle, relieving manipulation treatment. As part of the Cox® Technic system, nutritional supplements with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate may [[aid in inflammation reduction|reduce inflammation, rehydrate a degenerated disc, and reduce pain. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management is explained to be relieving for low back pain due to disc degeneration without a new or artificial disc! Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today. Your “bad” discs will thank you. Your improved quality of life will thank you. « View All Nutrition 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. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."