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A Healthy San Jose Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Chiropractic Solutions understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! San Jose chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value 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 maintains a large opening for the nerves leaving the spine through which to pass. If this opening is thinned, which happens when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression slows circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve starts. The narrowing of the nerve opening is termed San Jose spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

San Jose stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc performs like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore performs to preclude nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to come closer to one another, resulting in motion loss, nerve compression, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to absorb water from the fluid entering the disc. Actually, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content of the disc’s interior decreases significantly with degeneration, thus lowering the water content of the disc. The loss of water in the disc because of GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration reduces the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The incapacity to control motion of the vertebrae is called instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let us consider two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is delivered.

First, Chiropractic Solutions offers a specialized type of San Jose spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, boosts the nerve opening size, drops pressure within the disc to aid in circulation, restores lost range of motion to the spine and creates 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 cause spinal stenosis and loss of motion. Researchers revealed 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) Chiropractic Solutions benefits San Jose back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Chiropractic Solutions may recommend nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is boosted when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination allows higher levels in the disc. The glycosaminoglycan absorbs water to nine times its own volume, producing greater fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and aid 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 San Jose chiropractic appointment today. Your San Jose spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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