A Healthy Vancouver Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Vancouver Spine Care Centre understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Vancouver chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine plays a role 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 leaving 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 slows circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve sets in. The narrowing of the nerve opening is called Vancouver spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI depiction of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Vancouver stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc works like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore functions to prevent nerve compression and to allow spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to move nearer one another, resulting in motion loss, compressed nerve, and pain in the back or down the arms or legs. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs have a content of a chemical termed glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to take in water from the fluid moving into the disc. Actually, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content in the inner disc reduces significantly with degeneration, thus dropping the water content of the disc. Disc water loss 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 look at two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is done.

First, Vancouver Spine Care Centre uses a specialized type of Vancouver spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, boosts the nerve opening size, drops pressure inside the disc to aid in circulation, returns lost range of motion to the spine and establishes nerve conduction to the brain for pain relief. (4) This latter benefit is called afferentation. The manipulation undoes the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that result in spinal stenosis and loss of motion. A report 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 gratified patients in the short and long term. (2) Vancouver Spine Care Centre benefits Vancouver back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Vancouver Spine Care Centre may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is boosted 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) contributes to peripheral nerve injury repair by promoting Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT Vancouver Spine Care Centre

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

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