A Healthy Fort Wayne Spinal Disc01/01/2019A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Fort Wayne chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine acts as a separator holding the spinal bone apart, the vertebrae, apart and allows motion of the spine. The disc also provides a large opening for the nerves leaving the spine through which to pass. If this opening is reduced, which occurs when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression slows circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve sets in. The shrinking of the nerve opening is termed Fort Wayne spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI depiction of normal and stenotic nerve openings. A SPRING The intervertebral disc works like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore performs to preclude nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, causing in loss of motion, compressed nerve, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical termed glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to absorb water from the fluid coming into the disc. Actually, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content in the inner disc reduces significantly with degeneration, thus reducing the water content of the disc. The loss of water in the disc because of GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration reduces the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The inability to control motion of the vertebrae is termed instability. (1) BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC Let’s consider two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is delivered. First, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc offers a specialized type of Fort Wayne spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, increases the nerve opening size, reduces pressure within the disc to help in circulation, restores lost range of motion to the spine and establishes nerve conduction to the brain for pain relief. (4) This latter benefit is termed afferentation. The manipulation reverses the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that result in spinal stenosis and loss of motion. A study revealed that spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lower extremity sciatica pain reduced low back and leg pain intensity, disability, pain; increased range of motion of spine; and gratified patients in the short and long term. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc benefits Fort Wayne back pain sufferers’ discs! Second, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is boosted when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination allows higher levels in the disc. The glycosaminoglycan absorbs water to nine times its own volume, generating higher fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and assist prevention of disc degeneration and inflammation. Folic acid (Vitamin B9) contributes to peripheral nerve injury repair by helping Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3) CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jonathan Cerrutti as he discusses his chiropractic care of a painful, stenotic disc and spinal canal due to disc herniation on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Your Fort Wayne spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc! « 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."