“You’re young! You do not have to worry about back pain.” Not true! New research confirms young and old alike must deal with disc degeneration. Most of us will personally have to deal with disc degeneration’s pain at some point in our lives…or help a loved one dealing with its back pain or neck pain effects. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is here for young and old alike when Augusta disc degeneration disrupts your quality of life.
DDD STARTS EARLIER THAN ONCE THOUGHT
It’s hard to believe, but it’s documented in the medical literature. Disc degeneration starts in the late teens! A study of 18-20 year old healthy air force cadets revealed that 77% showed disc degeneration or disc herniation. (1) That is a new discovery! It’s been documented elsewhere that disc degeneration begins at age 20. Now it is found to appear in 18 year olds! In this project MRIs were taken of all cadets. They all reported no spine pain. On MRI, 30% showed at least one disc’s 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 results in young, seemingly healthy people are similar to what would be expected in adults. (1) It is never too early to start paying attention to the spine! Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic takes care of spines at all ages via spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise.
Researchers (and parents) ask “why?” Why does lumbar spine disc degeneration or cervical spine disc degeneration begin so early? Genetics may play a role. 80% of patients in a recent study had mutations in their collagen-encoding genes. Collagen is vital to disc and joint health. Back pain sufferers with a lumbar disc herniation 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. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic does have ways to contain and relieve the pain of a Augusta degenerated disc.
INTERRUPTING DISC DEGENERATION, PROMOTING DISC REGENERATION
Researchers described disc degeneration as a complex connection of mechanical, biochemical, and structural alterations at the cellular level, cells that are in an abnormal mechanical environment. Regeneration of such cells would require very specific conditions and would not 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 suggest that this could interrupt the above explained cascade of changes. (3) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic uses Cox® Technic to gently create 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 decreasing 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) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic bolsters the Cox® Technic system of spinal pain management by adding spinal nutrition (particularly disc nutrition supplementation) and exercise to optimize the relief and clinical outcome for Augusta back pain patients.
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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 Augusta chiropractic appointment at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic for your spine’s health. You may not be too young for back pain, and you are undoubtedly not too young to take care of your spine. A Augusta 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.