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Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic Explains Degenerative Disc Disease and How Nutrition Helps

Usual questions of Montreal back pain sufferers at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic sound something like this: “What is Montreal degenerative disease?” (Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic can describe degenerative disc disease at the drop of a hat!) and “Can nutrition help?” (“Yes!”)

WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?

Degenerative disc disease results often from normal, age-related changes that take place in the discs of the spine that trigger pain. The spinal discs act like shock absorbers between the vertebral bones of your spine. As discs degenerate, they don’t do their job very well. A discs’ health stems from the health of surrounding structures as much as its own health. The cartilage endplates play a huge role in the health of the disc. Unhealthy endplates do, too, as they may contribute to degenerative disc disease.

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND NUTRITION HELP DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

Chiropractic care at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic approaches disc health from both the inside and outside. The disc requires some special nutritional elements to maintain its health and strength, ready to keep the spine mobile. It requires glucose, glycosaminoglycan, calcium, magnesium, chondroitin sulfate, and more. It obtains these nutrients via the cartilaginous endplates that border it on top and bottom (70%) and from the sides of the disc (30%). The cartilage endplates of the disc that are adjacent to the vertebral bodies of the spine provide a major path for nutrients to get into the disc. Permeability of the cartilage endplate rises as it ages and degenerates. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate is linked to the initiation of cell starvation and death of the disc due to poor nutrition. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate may well be responsible for mechanical load-induced dehydration of the disc’s nucleus pulposus and reduced levels of glucose in the nucleus pulposus (inner gel of the disc)-annulus fibrosus (outer bands of the disc) connection area. (Read more about disc nutrition with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate.) (1) The endplates are crucial to the disc’s health. When the endplates are damaged by degenerative changes, they cannot do their job of transporting nutrients into the disc. One study stresses this issue by explaining that severe inhibition in the endplate nutritional pathways likely leads to intervertebral disc disruption. (2) Further, a good night’s rest may be beneficial for more than beauty! resting recumbent even for a short time allows an increase in the cervical spine and thoracic intervertebral discs’ hydration volume. (3) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic treats the disc from the inside with nutrition and the outside with sleep recommendations as well as spinal manipulation.

Montreal CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT HELPS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

While resting recumbent unloads the spine, dynamic loading of the spine helps, too. How? It returns to those cartilage endplates once again.  Cartilage endplates’ ability to allow flow of nutrients depends on its porosity. The more porous and healthy the endplates are, the more flow of nutrients is permitted. The less porous, less hydrated, more degenerated the endplates are, the less flow of nutrients is permitted. New research today presents the benefits of dynamic loading (as opposed to static loading) on nutrient transport into the disc via cartilage endplates. (4) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is dynamic treatment of the spine. The protocols of Cox® Technic concentrate on individual segments of the spine to enhance motion where disc degeneration may exist. It is gentle, relieving care delivered daily at Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Sylvia Hrefna from Iceland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she presents her relieving care with Cox® Technic of a patient with disc degeneration in her cervical spine, the second of two cases in this podcast. 

Schedule a Montreal chiropractic appointment for care of your degenerative disc disease issues. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic has a treatment plan of spinal manipulation and nutrition to help you find some relief of pain because of degenerative disc disease.  
 
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic takes care of degenerative disc disease with chiropractic treatment and nutritional interventions.  
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