Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Explains Degenerative Disc Disease and How Nutrition Helps 05/28/2019Common questions we hear from Fort Wayne back pain sufferers at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc sound something like this: “What is Fort Wayne degenerative disease?” (Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc can describe degenerative disc disease at the drop of a hat!) and “Will nutrition help?” (“Yes!”) WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE? Degenerative disc disease comes many times from normal, age-related changes that take place in the discs of the spine that produce pain. The spinal discs act like shock absorbers between the vertebral bones of your spine. As discs degenerate, they do not do their job as well. A discs’ health stems from the health of surrounding structures as much as its own health. The cartilage endplates perform a vital role in the health of the disc. Unhealthy endplates do, too, as they may play a part in degenerative disc disease. HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND NUTRITION HELP DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE Chiropractic care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc manages disc health from both the inside and outside. The disc needs some special nutritional elements to maintain its health and strength, ready to keep the spine mobile. It calls for glucose, glycosaminoglycan, calcium, magnesium, chondroitin sulfate, and more. It gets these nutrients via the cartilaginous endplates that border it on top and bottom (70%) and from the sides of the disc (30%). The cartilage endplates of the disc that are adjacent to the vertebral bodies of the spine provide a major path for nutrients to get into the disc. Permeability of the cartilage endplate rises as it ages and degenerates. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate is linked to the initiation of cell starvation and death of the disc due to poor nutrition. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate may well be responsible for mechanical load-induced dehydration of the disc’s nucleus pulposus and reduced levels of glucose in the nucleus pulposus (inner gel of the disc)-annulus fibrosus (outer bands of the disc) connection area. (Read more about disc nutrition with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate.) (1) The endplates are vital to the disc’s health. When the endplates are harmed by degenerative changes, they cannot perform their job of transporting nutrients into the disc. One study stresses this issue by describing how severe inhibition in the endplate nutritional pathways likely leads to intervertebral disc disruption. (2) Further, a good night’s rest may be good for more than beauty! Lying down even for a short time permits an increase in the cervical spine and thoracic intervertebral discs’ hydration volume. (3) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc cares for the disc from the inside with nutrition and the outside with sleep recommendations in addition to spinal manipulation. Fort Wayne CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT HELPS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE While resting recumbent unloads the spine, dynamic loading of the spine is beneficial, too. How? It returns to those cartilage endplates once again. The ability of the cartilage endplates The more porous and healthy the endplates are, the more flow of nutrients is allowed. The less porous, less hydrated, more degenerated the endplates are, the less flow of nutrients is allowed. Recent research today describes the benefits of dynamic loading (as opposed to static loading) on nutrient transport into the disc via cartilage endplates. (4) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is dynamic treatment of the spine. The protocols of Cox® Technic focus on individual segments of the spine to increase motion where disc degeneration may be present. It is gentle, relieving care delivered every day at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Sylvia Hrefna from Iceland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she presents her relieving care with Cox® Technic of a patient with disc degeneration in her cervical spine, the second of two cases in this podcast. Schedule a Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment for your degenerated discs. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc has a treatment plan of spinal manipulation and nutrition to help you find some relief of pain due to degenerative disc disease. « 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."