Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic Sees Disc Disease in Young People

“You’re young! You do not 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 deal with disc degeneration’s pain at some point in our lives…or take care of a loved one dealing with its back pain or neck pain complications. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is here for young and old alike when Eugene disc degeneration disrupts your quality of life.

DDD STARTS EARLIER THAN ONCE THOUGHT

It is hard to believe, but it’s reported in the medical literature. Disc degeneration begins in the late teens!  A study of 18-20 year old healthy air force cadets revealed that 77% showed disc degeneration or disc herniation. (1) That’s a new revelation! It has been documented elsewhere that disc degeneration begins at age 20. Now it’s shown to start in 18 year olds! In this study MRIs were taken of all cadets. None of the cadets reported spine pain. The MRIs revealed that: 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 showed asymptomatic vertebral fractures. These results in young, seemingly healthy people are similar to what would be predictable in adults. (1) It is never too early to take care of the spine! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic pays attention to everyone’s spinal issues via spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise.

WHY?

Researchers (and parents) wonder “why?” Why does lumbar spine disc degeneration or cervical spine disc degeneration start so young? Genetics may play a role. 80% of patients in a new study had mutations in their collagen-encoding genes. Collagen is vital to disc and joint health. Lumbar disc herniation patients had 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) Certainly, the whole reason about why a disc degenerates isn’t fully known yet. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic does have methods to contain and relieve the pain of a Eugene degenerated disc.

INTERRUPTING DISC DEGENERATION, PROMOTING DISC REGENERATION

Researchers explained disc degeneration as a complex connection of mechanical, biochemical, and structural alterations at the cellular level, cells that are in an abnormal mechanical environment. Regeneration of such cells would demand very specific conditions and wouldn’t always be possible. However, traction of 2 to 6 weeks was found to be a sensitive time for regeneration of a degenerated disc. The researchers suggest that this could interrupt the above explained cascade of changes. (3) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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 dropping 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) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic enhances the Cox® Technic system of spinal pain management by adding spinal nutrition (particularly disc nutrition supplementation) and exercise to optimize the relief and clinical outcome for Eugene back pain patients.

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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 Eugene chiropractic appointment at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic for your spine’s health. You may not be as young as you think for back pain, and you are certainly not too young to take care of your spine. A Eugene chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise can benefit all ages of back pain and neck pain sufferers struggling with disc degeneration.

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic manages back pain due to disc degeneration in younger people in their teens and 20s.  
 
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