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A Healthy Ashburn Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Ashburn chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine acts as a separator to hold the spinal bones apart, the vertebrae, apart and allows motion of the spine. The disc also supports a large opening for the nerves leaving the spine through which to pass. If this opening is narrowed, which happens when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression slows circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve starts. The narrowing of the nerve opening is called Ashburn spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI poster of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Ashburn stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc performs like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore works to avoid nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to come closer to one another, resulting in loss of motion, nerve compression, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What maintains the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical termed glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to absorb 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 decreases significantly with degeneration, thus dropping 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 inability to control motion of the vertebrae is called instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let’s consider two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is delivered.

First, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn offers a specialized type of Ashburn spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, enlarges the nerve opening size, drops pressure inside 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 report 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 satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn benefits Ashburn back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is enhanced 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 higher 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 healing by promoting Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

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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 Ashburn chiropractic appointment today. Your Ashburn spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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