A Healthy Groton Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Hutter Chiropractic Office understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Groton chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine acts as a separator holding the spinal bone apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits motion of the spine. The disc also supports 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 starts. The shrinking of the nerve opening is called Groton spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI depiction of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Groton stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc acts like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore acts to prevent nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, causing in motion loss, nerve compression, and pain in the back or down the arms or legs. What maintains the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to take up water from the fluid coming into the disc. In fact, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content in the inner disc decreases significantly with degeneration, thus lowering the water content of the disc. The loss of water in the disc due to GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration reduces 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 consider two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is done.

First, Hutter Chiropractic Office uses a specialized form of Groton spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, enlarges the nerve opening size, reduces pressure inside the disc to aid in circulation, restores lost range of motion to the spine and creates 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 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 satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Hutter Chiropractic Office benefits Groton back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Hutter Chiropractic Office may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is improved when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination allows increased levels in the disc. The glycosaminoglycan absorbs water to nine times its own volume, generating greater 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 healing by helping Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT Hutter Chiropractic Office

Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jonathan Cerrutti as he shares 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 Groton chiropractic appointment today. Your Groton spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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