Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Explains Degenerative Disc Disease and How Nutrition Helps

Common questions we hear from Manchester back pain sufferers at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries sound something like this: “What is Manchester degenerative disease?” (Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries can describe degenerative disc disease at the drop of a hat!) and “Will nutrition help?” (“Yes!”)

WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?

Degenerative disc disease results many times from typical, age-related changes that happen in the discs of the spine that trigger pain. The spinal discs function like shock absorbers between the vertebral bones of your spine. As discs degenerate, they do not do their job very well. A discs’ health depends on the health of surrounding structures as much as its own health. The cartilage endplates play a huge 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 Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries approaches disc health from both the inside and outside. The disc requires some special nutritional elements to maintain its health and strength, ready to keep the spine mobile. It needs glucose, glycosaminoglycan, calcium, magnesium, chondroitin sulfate, and more. It finds these nutrients via the cartilaginous endplates that border it above and below (70%) and from the sides of the disc (30%). The cartilage endplates of the disc that abut the vertebral bodies of the spine feed nutrients to the disc. Permeability of the cartilage endplate rises as it ages and degenerates. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate is linked to the beginning of cell starvation and death of the disc due to poor nutrition. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate may well be responsible for mechanical load-induced dehydration of the disc’s nucleus pulposus and decreased 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 key to the disc’s health. When the endplates are harmed by degenerative changes, they cannot perform their job of transporting nutrients into the disc. One study stresses this issue by explaining that severe inhibition in the endplate nutritional pathways likely leads to intervertebral disc disruption. (2) Additionally, a good night’s rest may be good for more than beauty! Lying down even for a short time permits an increase in the cervical spine and thoracic intervertebral discs’ hydration volume. (3) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries treats the disc from the inside with nutrition and the outside with sleep recommendations as well as spinal manipulation.

Manchester CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT HELPS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

While lying down unloads the spine, dynamic loading of the spine helps, too. How? It returns to those cartilage endplates yet again.  The ability of the cartilage endplates The more porous and healthy the endplates are, the more flow of nutrients is allowed. The less porous, less hydrated, more degenerated the endplates are, the less flow of nutrients is permitted. New research today describes 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 concentrate on individual segments of the spine to enhance motion where disc degeneration may be present. It’s gentle, relieving care delivered every day at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries!

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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 Manchester chiropractic appointment for your degenerated discs. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries has a treatment plan of spinal manipulation and nutrition to assist you in finding some reprieve from pain because of degenerative disc disease.  
 
Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries takes care of degenerative disc disease with chiropractic treatment and nutritional interventions.  
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