Possible Regeneration for Minster Disc Degeneration

The future: disc re-generation! It is an exciting possibility being studied today. Converting disc degeneration into disc regeneration holds hope for back pain sufferers everywhere. What is the most recent suggested process? Distraction. Just what your Minster chiropractor at Minster Chiropractic Center is well-trained to do! Minster chiropractic spinal manipulation is beneficial. For Minster back pain related to disc degeneration, these new disc regeneration studies extend hope for back pain relief.

DISC DEGENERATION AND REGENERATION FACTORS

Researchers are sounding more and more positive about disc regeneration. A recent set of researchers defined the biochemical, mechanical, and structural changes that must all come together to lead to disc degeneration in the first place. Giving credit to prior studies on degenerated discs, they conceded that traction/distraction has been shown to enhance disc height and decrease intervertebral pressure. (Research regarding biomechanical effects of Cox® Technic flexion distraction utilized at Minster Chiropractic Center has demonstgrated a 17% increase in disc height, a 28% increase in area, and an intradiscal pressure drop in lumbar spine discs to as low as -192mmHg pressure. (1) ) They clarified that not all levels of disc degeneration can be regenerated as all the necessary circumstances must come together for regenerating the disc that did so for its degeneration. They report that their research demonstrated 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) Minster Chiropractic Center tracks this research most enthusiastically.

IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH: LOW TENSION DISTRACTION

Another published paper explained 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 is made up of proteoglycans. The proteoglycan content of the nucleus increased significantly. Both 2 and 4 weeks of traction resulted in change, but 4 weeks’ changes were significantly better 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, stimulated extracellular matrix gene expression, and increased numbers of protein-expressing cells. (4) With these exciting papers in mind, Minster Chiropractic Center provides safe, gentle, low-tension to patient tolerance distraction according to The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols. Minster back pain sufferers are thankful 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 relays how The Cox® Technic System is designed for back pain relief of disc degeneration-related pain.

Schedule your next Minster chiropractic appointment now. If you have disc degeneration- related back pain, disc re-generation as a futuristic concept may not be so futuristic. Minster Chiropractic Center is watching the developments that may lead to and support disc regeneration. Our Minster back pain patients have hope!

 
Minster Chiropractic Center shares new research about the role of spinal manipulation in disc regeneration possibility. 
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