Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Sees Disc Disease in Young People08/13/2019“You’re young! You don’t have to worry about back pain.” Not true! New research shows that young and old alike must deal with disc degeneration. Most of us will personally have to face disc degeneration’s pain at some point in our lives…or take care of a loved one coping with its back pain or neck pain complications. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is here for young and old alike when Fort Wayne disc degeneration interferes with your life. DDD STARTS EARLIER THAN ONCE THOUGHT It’s hard to believe, but it’s documented in the medical literature. Disc degeneration starts in the late teens! A study of 18-20 year old healthy air force cadets uncovered that 77% had13 disc degeneration or disc herniation. (1) That’s new news! It’s been written in other studies that disc degeneration begins at age 20. Now it is shown to rear its head in 18 year olds! In this study MRIs were done on all cadets. They all reported no spine pain. On MRI, 30% showed at least one disc was dehydrating, 13% disc narrowing, 49% disc bulging, 18% disc protruding, 8% disc extruding, 13% with spondylolisthesis, and less than 1% even had asymptomatic vertebral fractures. These findings in young, seemingly healthy people are similar to what would be predictable in adults. (1) It’s never too early to start paying attention to the spine! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc takes care of spines at all ages via spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise. WHY? Researchers (and parents) ask “why?” Why does lumbar spine disc degeneration or cervical spine disc degeneration start so young? It may be genetic. 80% of patients in a recent study had mutations in their collagen-encoding genes. Collagen is important to disc and joint health. Back pain sufferers with a lumbar disc herniation showed two variants in their gene encoding for aggrecan, a protein that the end plate depends on for load-bearing. Such a mutation influences the nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus and end plates. (2) Of course, the whole reason about why a disc degenerates is not fully defined yet. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc does have methods to restrain and relieve the pain of a Fort Wayne degenerated disc. INTERRUPTING DISC DEGENERATION, PROMOTING DISC REGENERATION Researchers explained disc degeneration as a cascade of mechanical, biochemical, and structural alterations at the cellular level, cells that exist in an abnormal mechanical environment. Regeneration of such cells would demand very specific conditions and would not always be possible. However, traction of 2 to 6 weeks was found to be a responsive time for regeneration of a degenerated disc. The researchers propose that this could interrupt the above described cascade of changes. (3) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc uses Cox® Technic to gently produce a positive environment for the healing of degenerated discs by enhancing the area of the spinal canal by 28%, increasing the height of the disc by 17%, and decreasing intradiscal pressures to as low as -192mmHg in the low back and dropping pressures in the cervical spine by a mean pressure as much as 1265 mmHg. (4,5) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc takes it one more step with the Cox® Technic system of spinal pain management by adding spinal nutrition (especially disc nutrition supplementation) and exercise to optimize the relief and clinical outcome for Fort Wayne back pain patients. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paxton Schofield on The Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who presented his care of arthritis and degeneration with Cox® Technic. Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc for your spine’s health. You may not be as young as you think for back pain, and you are surely not too young to look after your spine. A Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise can benefit all ages of back pain and neck pain sufferers struggling with disc degeneration. « View All Spine 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."