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A Healthy Malverne Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Malverne Health & Wellness knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Malverne chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine performs as a separator to hold the spinal bones apart, the vertebrae, apart and allows motion of the spine. The disc also provides a large opening for the nerves exiting the spine through which to pass. If this opening is reduced, which occurs when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression impedes circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve begins. The narrowing of the nerve opening is termed Malverne spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Malverne 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 permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to move nearer one another, resulting in loss of motion, nerve compression, 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 called 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 reduces significantly with degeneration, thus lowering the water content of the disc. Disc water loss due to GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration decreases 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, Malverne Health & Wellness offers a specialized form of Malverne spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, boosts the nerve opening size, reduces pressure within the disc to help 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 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. Researchers showed 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) Malverne Health & Wellness benefits Malverne back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Malverne Health & Wellness may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is improved when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination allows increased levels in the disc. The glycosaminoglycan absorbs water to nine times its own volume, generating greater fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and assist prevention of disc degeneration and inflammation. Folic acid (Vitamin B9) plays a part in peripheral nerve injury repair 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 shares 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 Malverne chiropractic appointment today. Your Malverne spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

 
Your Malverne chiropractor loves seeing a healthy intervertebral disc and helps the not so healthy one recover. 
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