A Healthy Georgetown Spinal Disc

January 01, 2019

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. Dr. Butwell knows a lot about the spinal intervertebral disc! Georgetown chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients value that knowledge! The intervertebral disc in the human spine plays a role as a separator to hold the spinal bones apart, the vertebrae, apart and permits motion of the spine. The disc also provides 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 slows circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve sets in. The shrinking of the nerve opening is termed Georgetown spinal stenosis. Shown here is a schematic and MRI poster of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Georgetown stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc functions like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore works to stop nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to come closer to 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 allows the disc to take up water from the fluid coming into the disc. In fact, the inside of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content in the inner disc reduces significantly with degeneration, thus reducing 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 inability 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 done.

First, Dr. Butwell uses a specialized type of Georgetown spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, boosts the nerve opening size, drops pressure inside the disc to assist 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. Researchers 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 gratified patients in the short and long term. (2) Dr. Butwell benefits Georgetown back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, Dr. Butwell may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is boosted when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination 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) contributes to peripheral nerve injury healing by promoting Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT Dr. Butwell

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

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