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Chiropractic Care Explains Degenerative Disc Disease and How Nutrition Helps

Common questions we hear from West Palm Beach back pain sufferers at Chiropractic Care include: “What is West Palm Beach degenerative disease?” (Chiropractic Care can describe degenerative disc disease at the drop of a hat!) and “Can nutrition help?” (“Yes!”)

WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?

Degenerative disc disease comes many times from normal, age-related changes that take place in the discs of the spine that produce pain. The spinal discs act like shock absorbers between the vertebral bones of your spine. As discs degenerate, they don’t do their job as well. A discs’ health depends on the health of surrounding structures as much as its own health. The cartilage endplates perform a vital role in the health of the disc. Unhealthy endplates do, also, as they may contribute to degenerative disc disease.

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND NUTRITION HELP DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

Chiropractic care at Chiropractic Care manages disc health from both the inside and outside. The disc needs some special nutritional elements to keep it healthy and strong, ready to preserve the mobility of the spine. It needs glucose, glycosaminoglycan, calcium, magnesium, chondroitin sulfate, and more. It obtains these nutrients through the cartilaginous endplates that surround it on top and bottom (70%) and from the sides of the disc (30%). The cartilage endplates of the disc that are adjacent to the vertebral bodies of the spine provide a major path for nutrients to get into the disc. Permeability of the cartilage endplate rises as it ages and degenerates. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate is linked to the initiation of cell starvation and death of the disc due to poor nutrition. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate may well be to blame for mechanical load-induced dehydration of the disc’s nucleus pulposus and reduced levels of glucose in the nucleus pulposus (inner gel of the disc)-annulus fibrosus (outer bands of the disc) connection area. (Read more about disc nutrition with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate.) (1) The endplates are vital to the disc’s health. When the endplates are damaged by degenerative changes, they cannot perform their job of transporting nutrients into the disc. One study emphasizes this issue by describing how severe inhibition in the endplate nutritional pathways likely leads to intervertebral disc disruption. (2) Further, a good night’s rest may be beneficial for more than beauty! resting recumbent even for a short time permits an increase in the cervical spine and thoracic intervertebral discs’ hydration volume. (3) Chiropractic Care cares for the disc from the inside with nutrition and the outside with sleep recommendations in addition to spinal manipulation.

West Palm Beach CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT HELPS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

While lying down unloads the spine, dynamic loading of the spine is beneficial, too. How? It returns to those cartilage endplates yet again.  Cartilage endplates’ ability to allow flow of nutrients depends on its porosity. The more porous and healthy the endplates are, the more flow of nutrients is permitted. The less porous, less hydrated, more degenerated the endplates are, the less flow of nutrients is permitted. Recent research today presents the benefits of dynamic loading (as opposed to static loading) on nutrient transport into the disc via cartilage endplates. (4) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is dynamic treatment of the spine. The protocols of Cox® Technic focus on individual segments of the spine to increase motion where disc degeneration may be present. It’s gentle, relieving care delivered daily at Chiropractic Care!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Sylvia Hrefna from Iceland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she presents her relieving care with Cox® Technic of a patient with disc degeneration in her cervical spine, the second of two cases in this podcast. 

Schedule a West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment for your degenerated discs. Chiropractic Care has a treatment plan of spinal manipulation and nutrition to help you find some reprieve from pain due to degenerative disc disease.  
 
Chiropractic Care takes care of degenerative disc disease with chiropractic treatment and nutritional interventions.  
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