Apple Country Chiropractic Sees Disc Disease in Young People

“You’re young! You don’t have to worry about back pain.” Not true! New research shows that young and old alike must contend with disc degeneration. Most of us will personally have to face disc degeneration’s pain at some point in our lives…or take care of a loved one coping with its back pain or neck pain effects. Apple Country Chiropractic is here for young and old alike when Williamson disc degeneration disrupts your quality of life.

DDD STARTS EARLIER THAN ONCE THOUGHT

It is hard to believe, but it is reported in the medical literature. Disc degeneration starts in the late teens!  A study of 18-20 year old healthy air force cadets found that 77% had13 disc degeneration or disc herniation. (1) That’s new news! It’s been documented in other studies that disc degeneration starts at age 20. Now it is found to start in 18 year olds! In this project MRIs were done on all cadets. They all reported no spine pain. On MRI, 30% showed at least one disc was dehydrating, 13% disc narrowing, 49% disc bulging, 18% disc protruding, 8% disc extruding, 13% with spondylolisthesis, and less than 1% even had asymptomatic vertebral fractures. These findings in young, seemingly healthy people are similar to what would be predictable in adults. (1) It’s never too early to start paying attention to the spine! Apple Country Chiropractic takes care of spines at all ages via spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise.

WHY?

Researchers (and parents) ask “why?” Why does lumbar spine disc degeneration or cervical spine disc degeneration begin so early? It may be genetic. 80% of patients in a new study had mutations in their collagen-encoding genes. Collagen is vital to disc and joint health. Lumbar disc herniation patients had two variants in their gene encoding for aggrecan, a protein that the end plate depends on for load-bearing. Such a mutation influences the nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus and end plates. (2) Of course, the whole reason about why a disc degenerates is not fully defined yet. Apple Country Chiropractic does have methods to restrain and relieve the pain of a Williamson degenerated disc.

INTERRUPTING DISC DEGENERATION, PROMOTING DISC REGENERATION

Researchers described disc degeneration as a cascade of mechanical, biochemical, and structural changes at the cellular level, cells that are in an abnormal mechanical environment. Regeneration of such cells would require very specific conditions and wouldn’t always be possible. However, traction of 2 to 6 weeks was found to be a sensitive time for regeneration of a degenerated disc. The researchers propose that this could interrupt the above explained cascade of changes. (3) Apple Country Chiropractic uses Cox® Technic to gently produce a positive environment for the healing of degenerated discs by enhancing the area of the spinal canal by 28%, increasing the height of the disc by 17%, and dropping intradiscal pressures to as low as -192mmHg in the low back and dropping pressures in the cervical spine by a mean pressure as much as 1265 mmHg. (4,5) Apple Country Chiropractic takes it one more step with the Cox® Technic system of spinal pain management by adding spinal nutrition (particularly disc nutrition supplementation) and exercise to boost the relief and clinical outcome for Williamson back pain patients.

CONTACT Apple Country Chiropractic

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paxton Schofield  on The Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who presented his care of arthritis and degeneration with Cox® Technic.

Schedule your Williamson chiropractic appointment at Apple Country Chiropractic for your spine’s health. You may not be as young as you think for back pain, and you are undoubtedly not too young to look after your spine. A Williamson chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise can be good for all ages of back pain and neck pain sufferers due to disc degeneration.

Apple Country Chiropractic manages back pain due to disc degeneration in younger people in their teens and 20s.  
 
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