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Future Possibilities for Growing Malverne Degenerated Discs

Bad discs. Old discs. Flat discs. None of them sound attractive in the least! But 80% of us will experience them some time in our life. (1) 5.7 million people a year in the US suffer with spine related injuries. (2) We will miss work days, fun days, and financial opportunities because of the pain and loss of function. (Plus $12.2 to 90.6 million in the US is spent on low back pain treatment!) So what would we like? What about a NEW disc? Of course, Malverne back pain sufferers with degenerated discs would love a new disc. Sadly, they’ve been tried. They’re metal, and the body doesn’t always take to them very well. They don’t continually give all the function we dream of. Sometimes they just plain fail. What is next? Researchers are working on that. While they do that, your Malverne chiropractor at Malverne Health & Wellness will keep offering what research shows currently works: spinal mobilization and nutritional supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and other chiropractic services. Read on for what’s happening now on all these fronts.

BAD DISCS

In a new report, the loss of proteoglycans was a central issue in intervertebral disc degeneration, natural disc failure. The central part of the disc – the nucleus pulposus – was most typically altered by the degeneration which ultimately changed the whole spine’s biomechanics. Degenerative changes to the disc extended to the structures surrounding the disc, leading to increased risk of injury and functional change. (3) This natural loss of proteoglycans has researchers thinking about how to more naturally deal with new disc formation…natural and artificial.

GROWING A NEW SPINE – NUTRITION vs LAB

Treatment for degenerated discs typically concentrates on relief of the pain and discomfort they cause. NSAIDs, PT, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and nutritional supplements were usual ways in this study. Artificial discs need some more time as they do not always integrate into the spinal tissue nor return structure and function as expected. New disc replacement research is focusing on tissue engineering and regeneration to increase the body’s acceptance of the new disc material. There is a long road ahead for this as researchers study the disc’s metabolism and cellular environment. The excitement for disc repair and regeneration intensifies. (2) More precisely hydrogels are biomaterial regenerative medicine and research is investigating. They hold water and cells (like real discs!). They can be injected and adapted as necessary. They have low toxicity. They may be good for treatment of Malverne osteoarthritis and degenerated discs. (4) Researchers say that there is a need for more study yet for hydrogels to develop. Meanwhile, Malverne Health & Wellness utilizes current research-supported preference of Malverne spinal mobilization and nutrition.

DEALING WITH THE SPINE AS IT IS NOW - MOBILIZATION

Until the “growing a new spine” concept and artificial disc are developed more fully, your Malverne chiropractor is here to help with the one you have. Nutrition helps. Spinal mobilization helps. A recent paper pronounced spinal mobilization as a most preferred approach for decreasing pain and disability in chronic low back pain and degenerated disc patients. (5) As for terminology, “mobilization” and “non-thrust manipulation” are used interchangeably in medical papers. (1) Malverne Health & Wellness offers Cox® Technic, a non-thrust gentle, relieving manipulation treatment. As part of the Cox® Technic system, nutritional supplements with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate may [[aid in inflammation reduction|reduce inflammation, rehydrate a degenerated disc, and lessen pain.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management is described relieving for low back pain due to disc degeneration without a new or artificial disc!

Schedule your next Malverne chiropractic appointment at Malverne Health & Wellness today. Your “bad” discs will thank you. Your boosted quality of life will thank you.

Malverne Health & Wellness uses conservative care for degenerated, bad discs to help back pain sufferers enjoy their lives now. 
 
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