Fort Wayne Chiropractic Care of an Aging Spine: Nutrition & Manipulation09/29/2020Wrinkles, frown lines, smile lines, disc degeneration…natural events with growing older (and, might we add, wiser!). (Many Fort Wayne chiropractic patients coming to Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc are very wise!) Discs degenerate. As a matter of fact, discs are stated to start degenerating in the 2nd decade of life. By your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, it would be less unusual to not see disc degeneration. Research today is showing some promise in the care of disc degeneration with even the potential being proposed in the literature of potential disc regeneration. This is exciting to your Fort Wayne chiropractor and to chiropractic patients everywhere! THE ROLE OF THE DISC The disc acts as the spine’s shock absorber. The disc resists the compressive loads put on the spine during movement. How is it able to do this? Its an elevated proteoglycan aggrecan content. Proteolysis is aggrecan loss that occurs with degeneration. Researchers suggest that restoration of aggrecan loss in the nucleus of the disc is probable via cells that can synthesize aggrecan and be borne by the disc’s matrix. (1) This gives hope to exploration of possible disc regeneration and its potential to ease back pain. AGING AND DISC DEGENERATION Disc degeneration is a well-acknowledged cause of low back pain. What makes up a disc? Aggrecan is the main component. Aggrecan is the key proteoglycan structure in the extracellular matrix that makes up the disc. Aggrecan is substantial, made up of varied glycosaminoglycan chains. It can form more aggregates when combined with hyaluronan. The glycosaminoglycan chains are negatively charged and bind to water molecules which are necessary to maintain the disc’s hydration enough to permit the disc to withstand compressive loading it is made to do. (2) Disc degeneration comes down to the molecules that form the disc. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc gets down there, also! These authors suggest that aggrecan-based therapies for disc regeneration are possible. THERAPY FOR POTENTIAL DISC REGENERATION Chondroitin sulfate is proving to be such a therapy. Chondroitin sulfate’s potential benefit was first discussed clear back in 1966 by Cole, Ghosh and Taylor. Chondroitin sulfate is explained as being the source of glycosaminoglycan synthesis in the disc. (3,4,5) Merging nutrition with distraction spinal manipulation indicated ability for potential disc regeneration. (6) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc incorporates spinal disc nutrition with spinal distraction manipulation for the best possible clinical outcome. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Tyler Lomnicki on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management integration of gentle distraction manipulation and nutrition for this patient’s relief and management of disc herniation pain. Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now. We do not fret over aging’s changes. We encourage you to embrace them and the wisdom they bring and embrace a Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan to deal with them. « 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."