A Healthy Buffalo, NY Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. The Novelli Wellness Center knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Buffalo, NY chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine plays a role as a separator holding the spinal bone apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits 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 narrowed, which occurs when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression impedes circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve starts. The narrowing of the nerve opening is termed Buffalo, NY spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI poster of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Buffalo, NY stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc performs like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore functions to stop nerve compression and to allow spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it permits the adjacent vertebra to move nearer one another, causing in loss of motion, nerve compression, and pain in the back or down the arms or legs. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to take up water from the fluid coming into the disc. In fact, the interior of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content in the inner disc reduces significantly with degeneration, thus dropping the water content of the disc. Disc water loss due to GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration decreases the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The incapacity to control motion of the vertebrae is termed instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

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

First, The Novelli Wellness Center offers a specialized type of Buffalo, NY spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, enlarges the nerve opening size, drops pressure inside the disc to aid in circulation, returns lost range of motion to the spine and creates nerve conduction to the brain for pain relief. (4) This latter benefit is termed afferentation. The manipulation reverses the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that result in spinal stenosis and loss of motion. Researchers showed 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 satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) The Novelli Wellness Center benefits Buffalo, NY back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, The Novelli Wellness Center may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is improved when combined with Cox® Technic. Combining these two allows higher levels in the disc. The glycosaminoglycan absorbs water to nine times its own volume, generating 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 helping Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT The Novelli Wellness Center

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 Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment today. Your Buffalo, NY spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

 
Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor really likes seeing a healthy intervertebral disc and helps the not so healthy one recover. 
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