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A Healthy Montreal Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Montreal chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine performs as a separator to hold the spinal bones apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits motion of the spine. The disc also supports a large opening for the nerves leaving the spine through which to pass. If this opening is reduced, 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 sets in. The narrowing of the nerve opening is called Montreal spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Montreal stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc functions like a spring to keep the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore acts to prevent nerve compression and to allow spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to come closer to one another, causing in motion loss, compressed nerve, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs contain a chemical termed glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which allows the disc to absorb water from the fluid moving into the disc. Actually, 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 because of 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 called instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let us look at two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is done.

First, Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic uses a specialized type of Montreal spinal manipulation which enlarges the disc space height, boosts the nerve opening size, drops pressure inside the disc to help 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 called afferentation. The manipulation reverses the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that cause spinal stenosis and loss of motion. A study showed that spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lower extremity sciatica pain reduced low back and leg pain intensity, disability, pain; increased range of motion of spine; and satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic benefits Montreal back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic may recommend 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, creating greater fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and aid prevention of disc degeneration and inflammation. Folic acid (Vitamin B9) contributes to peripheral nerve injury healing by promoting Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jonathan Cerrutti as he discusses 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 Montreal chiropractic appointment today. Your Montreal spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

 
Your Montreal chiropractor loves seeing a healthy intervertebral disc and helps the not so healthy one recover. 
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