A Healthy Eugene Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Eugene chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine plays a role 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 exiting the spine through which to pass. If this opening is thinned, which occurs when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression impedes circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve begins. The narrowing of the nerve opening is termed Eugene spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI poster of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Eugene stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc acts like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore acts to stop nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to come closer to one another, causing in loss of motion, nerve compression, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What maintains the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs have a content of a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to take up water from the fluid entering the disc. In fact, the interior of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content in the inner disc reduces significantly with degeneration, thus dropping the water content of the disc. Disc water loss due to GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration decreases the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The incapacity to control motion of the vertebrae is termed instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let’s look at two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is done.

First, Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic uses a specialized form of Eugene spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, increases the nerve opening size, drops pressure inside the disc to assist 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 called afferentation. The manipulation undoes the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that cause spinal stenosis and loss of motion. A study showed that spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lower extremity sciatica pain reduced low back and leg pain intensity, disability, pain; improved range of motion of spine; and gratified patients in the short and long term. (2) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic benefits Eugene back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic may recommend nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is boosted when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination allows higher levels in the disc. It is this glycosaminoglycan that absorbs water to nine times its own volume, producing greater fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and aid prevention of disc degeneration and inflammation. Folic acid (Vitamin B9) plays a part in peripheral nerve injury repair by helping Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic

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 Eugene chiropractic appointment today. Your Eugene spine will appreciate the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

 
Your Eugene chiropractor really likes seeing a healthy intervertebral disc and helps the not so healthy one recover. 
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