Red. Swollen. Hot. Painful. Signs of inflammation that no Nashua back pain patient desires. Moriarty Chiropractic delivers chiropractic services to decrease back pain by recognizing and dealing with any associated inflammation.
INFLAMMATION AND BACK PAIN RELATED
How can you deduce if there’s inflammation? Like anything else, researchers search for ways to measure it. To measure inflammation, researchers try to find inflammatory biomarkers, biological markers like tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), C-reactive protein (CRP), and interleukin-6, interleukin-1β, that showed an increase. Researchers have uncovered that chronic inflammation increased cytokine production and stimulated pro-inflammatory pathways that may cause non-specific low back pain. (1) Researchers detected systemic inflammation in chronic LBP and may affect transition from acute to persistent low back pain. Particularly, CRP was found elevated in acute low back pain patients and not in control patients. TNF was higher in back pain patients particularly in patients with depression. (2) Since researchers have already recorded that inflammation is linked to back pain, Moriarty Chiropractic realizes that inflammation must be reduced in order to help reduce Nashua back pain.
HOW TO STOP INFLAMMATION
Well, first, understand what inflammation does. Researchers applied lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to create intervertebral disc degeneration in experiments. They want to figure out what might potentially decrease the generated back pain that accompanies it and/or even prevent the degeneration in the first place so we humans don’t have to experience low back pain at all! That is a tall order though, Moriarty Chiropractic knows. But consider this: researchers used LPS to establish the degeneration that preceded low back pain. They found that procyanidin B3 (PRO-B3) found in our diets blocked the production of inflammatory markers - tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-Α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and nitric oxide – associated with disc degeneration. It also stopped the loss of the disc’s gelatinous nucleus pulposus cells and structural damage of its anulus fibrosus (outer rings of disc). What does all this indicate to researchers seeking a way to stop degenerative disc degeneration (DDD)? PRO-B3 may be considered as a treatment agent for intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD). This is a welcome bit of information for those 80% of us adults who are on track to get IVDD, a major cause of low back pain. (3) Another recent paper described that the p38 MAPK inflammatory pathway may be a way to postpone DDD utilizing the tyrosine kinase inhibitor, Genistein. (4) That’s encouraging for the treatment of Nashua back pain and inflammation.
Vitamin D FOR INFLAMMATION
Research states that vitamin D deficiency is linked with low back pain that is stronger in younger women and in those with more severe deficiency. (5) Vitamin D deficiency is connected to lumbar disc disease and more severe low back pain in postmenopausal women. (6) Let’s talk about your vitamin D status at your next Nashua chiropractic appointment.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Sarah Murrow on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. In this episode, Dr. Murrow and her patient present how the Cox® Technic System alleviated back pain due to disc bulges.