Possible Regeneration for Williamson Disc Degeneration

The future: disc re-generation! It’s an exciting possibility being considered today. Turning disc degeneration into disc regeneration holds hope for back pain sufferers everywhere. What is the latest suggested process? Distraction. Just what your Williamson chiropractor at Apple Country Chiropractic is quite experienced in delivering! Williamson chiropractic spinal manipulation is beneficial. For Williamson back pain related to disc degeneration, these new disc regeneration reports extend hope for back pain relief.

DISC DEGENERATION AND REGENERATION CONTRIBUTORS

Researchers are sounding more and more optimistic about disc regeneration. A new set of researchers defined the biochemical, mechanical, and structural changes that must all come together to result in disc degeneration in the first place. Giving credit to prior studies on degenerated discs, they admitted that traction/distraction has been shown to boost disc height and reduce intervertebral pressure. (Research regarding biomechanical effects of Cox® Technic flexion distraction used at Apple Country Chiropractic has shown 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 explained that not all levels of disc degeneration can be regenerated as all the necessary conditions 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 lab study, particularly that 2 to 6 weeks of traction is optimal to regenerate a degenerated disc. (2) Apple Country Chiropractic follows 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 using low-tension traction as opposed to high-tension traction. The researchers described that the lab findings are based on the proteoglycan content of the nucleus pulposus of the spinal intervertebral disc, the very center of the disc, which consists of proteoglycans. The proteoglycan content of the nucleus increased significantly. Both 2 and 4 weeks of traction brought about change, but 4 weeks’ changes were significantly superior to 2 weeks. Other disc changes researchers reported on were the pores in the bony endplate, their number and diameter that all increased. (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 augmented numbers of protein-expressing cells. (4) With these exciting papers in mind, Apple Country Chiropractic delivers safe, gentle, low-tension to patient tolerance distraction according to The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols. Williamson back pain sufferers are happy we do!

CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how The Cox® Technic System delivers back pain relief of disc degeneration-related pain.

Schedule your next Williamson chiropractic appointment today. If you suffer with disc degeneration- related back pain, disc re-generation as a futuristic concept may not be so far away. Apple Country Chiropractic is watching the developments that may lead to and support disc regeneration. Our Williamson back pain patients have hope!

 
Apple Country Chiropractic shares new research about the role of spinal manipulation in potentially regenerating degenerated discs. 
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