Possible Regeneration for Vancouver Disc Degeneration

The future: disc re-generation! It’s an exciting possibility being studied today. Turning disc degeneration into disc regeneration holds hope for back pain sufferers everywhere. What’s the latest proposed process? Distraction. Just what your Vancouver chiropractor at Vancouver Spine Care Centre is well-trained to do! Vancouver chiropractic spinal manipulation is beneficial. For Vancouver back pain associated with disc degeneration, these new disc regeneration studies spread hope for back pain relief.

DISC DEGENERATION AND REGENERATION FACTORS

Researchers seem more and more optimistic about disc regeneration. A recent set of researchers defined the biochemical, mechanical, and structural changes that must all come together to result in disc degeneration in the first place. Giving credit to prior studies on degenerated discs, they acknowledged that traction/distraction has been shown to boost disc height and reduce intervertebral pressure. (Research regarding biomechanical effects of Cox® Technic flexion distraction utilized at Vancouver Spine Care Centre has measured a 17% increase in disc height, a 28% increase in area, and an intradiscal pressure decrease in lumbar spine discs to as low as -192mmHg pressure. (1) ) They explained that not all levels of disc degeneration can be regenerated as all the right circumstances must come together for regenerating the disc that came together in its degeneration. They report that their research showed that traction interrupted the cycle of disc degeneration in the laboratory study, particularly that 2 to 6 weeks of traction is best to regenerate a degenerated disc. (2) Vancouver Spine Care Centre follows this research most enthusiastically.

IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH: LOW TENSION DISTRACTION

Another published paper stated that there is greater reconstruction and better effectiveness of disc regeneration or repair when low-tension traction instead of high tension traction is used. The researchers described that the lab findings are based upon the proteoglycan content of the spinal intervertebral disc’s nucleus pulposus, the very center of the disc, which consists of proteoglycans. The proteoglycan content of the nucleus rose significantly. Both 2 and 4 weeks of traction resulted in change, but 4 weeks’ changes were significantly superior to 2 weeks. Other disc changes researchers reported on were the pores in the bony endplate, their number and diameter that all improved. (3) A third study on this topic of potential disc regeneration related that 28 days of compression followed by 28 days of distraction resulted in disc rehydration, accelerated extracellular matrix gene expression, and increased numbers of protein-expressing cells. (4) With these exciting papers in mind, Vancouver Spine Care Centre delivers safe, gentle, low-tension to patient tolerance distraction according to The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols. Vancouver back pain sufferers are happy we do!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how The Cox® Technic System delivers back pain relief of disc degeneration-related pain.

Schedule your next Vancouver chiropractic visit today. If you suffer with back pain related to disc degeneration, disc re-generation as a futuristic concept may not be so futuristic. Vancouver Spine Care Centre is keeping track of the developments that may lead to and support disc regeneration. Our Vancouver back pain patients have hope!

 
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