Possible Regeneration for West Des Moines Disc Degeneration

The future: disc re-generation! It’s an exciting possibility being today. Converting disc degeneration into disc regeneration offers hope for back pain sufferers all around. What’s the most recent suggested process? Distraction. Just what your West Des Moines chiropractor at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is well-trained to do! West Des Moines chiropractic spinal manipulation is beneficial. For West Des Moines back pain related to disc degeneration, these new disc regeneration studies extend hope for back pain relief.

DISC DEGENERATION AND REGENERATION FACTORS

Researchers seem more and more optimistic about disc regeneration. A recent set of researchers described the biochemical, mechanical, and structural changes that must all come together to lead to disc degeneration initially. Giving credit to prior studies on degenerated discs, they acknowledged that traction/distraction has been shown to boost disc height and reduce intervertebral pressure. (Research regarding biomechanical effects of Cox® Technic flexion distraction used at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa has demonstgrated a 17% increase in disc height, a 28% increase in area, and an intradiscal pressure decrease in lumbar spine discs to as low as -192mmHg pressure. (1) ) They explained that not all levels of disc degeneration can be regenerated as all the necessary circumstances must come together for regenerating the disc that did so for its degeneration. They report that their research showed that traction interrupted the cycle of disc degeneration in the lab study, particularly that 2 to 6 weeks of traction is optimal to regenerate a degenerated disc. (2) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa follows this research most enthusiastically.

IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH: LOW TENSION DISTRACTION

Another published paper stated that there is greater reconstruction and better effectiveness of disc regeneration or repair using low-tension traction as opposed to high-tension traction. The researchers explained that the lab findings are based upon the proteoglycan content of the nucleus pulposus of the spinal intervertebral disc, the very center of the disc, which consists of proteoglycans. The proteoglycan content of the nucleus rose significantly. Both 2 and 4 weeks of traction brought about change, but 4 weeks’ changes were significantly better to 2 weeks. Other disc changes researchers described were the pores in the bony endplate, their number and diameter that all increased. (3) A third study on this topic of potential disc regeneration reported that 28 days of compression followed by 28 days of distraction resulted in disc rehydration, stimulated extracellular matrix gene expression, and augmented numbers of protein-expressing cells. (4) With these exciting papers as support, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa provides safe, gentle, low-tension to patient tolerance distraction according to The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols. West Des Moines back pain sufferers are happy we do!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he relays how The Cox® Technic System delivers back pain relief of disc degeneration-related pain.

Schedule your next West Des Moines chiropractic appointment now. If you have disc degeneration- related back pain, disc re-generation as a futuristic concept may not be so far away. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is keeping track of the developments that may lead to and support disc regeneration. Our West Des Moines back pain patients have hope!

 
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa shares new research about the role of spinal manipulation in disc regeneration possibility. 
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