“You’re young! You don’t have to worry about back pain.” Not true! New research shows that young and old alike must deal with disc degeneration. Most of us will personally have to deal with disc degeneration’s pain at some point in our lives…or take care of a loved one coping with its back pain or neck pain effects. Moriarty Chiropractic is here for young and old alike when Nashua disc degeneration interferes with your life.
DDD STARTS EARLIER THAN ONCE THOUGHT
It’s hard to believe, but it’s reported in the medical literature. Disc degeneration starts in the late teens! A study of 18-20 year old healthy air force cadets discovered that 77% had13 disc degeneration or disc herniation. (1) That is a new discovery! It has been written elsewhere that disc degeneration starts at age 20. Now it’s found to rear its head in 18 year olds! In this study MRIs were done on all cadets. None of the cadets reported spine pain. On MRI, 30% showed at least one disc’s dehydrating, 13% disc narrowing, 49% disc bulging, 18% disc protruding, 8% disc extruding, 13% with spondylolisthesis, and less than 1% even showed asymptomatic vertebral fractures. These results in young, seemingly healthy people are similar to what would be expected in adults. (1) It’s never too early to start paying attention to the spine! Moriarty Chiropractic takes care of spines at all ages via spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise.
Researchers (and parents) ask “why?” Why does lumbar spine disc degeneration or cervical spine disc degeneration begin so early? It may be genetic. 80% of patients in a recent study had mutations in their collagen-encoding genes. Collagen is vital to disc and joint health. Lumbar disc herniation patients had two variants in their gene encoding for aggrecan, a protein that the end plate depends on for load-bearing. Such a mutation affects the nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus and end plates. (2) Certainly, the whole story of why a disc degenerates isn’t fully known yet. Moriarty Chiropractic does have ways to contain and relieve the pain of a Nashua degenerated disc.
INTERRUPTING DISC DEGENERATION, PROMOTING DISC REGENERATION
Researchers explained disc degeneration as a complex connection of mechanical, biochemical, and structural alterations at the cellular level, cells that are in an abnormal mechanical environment. Regeneration of such cells would require very specific conditions and wouldn’t always be possible. However, traction of 2 to 6 weeks was found to be a sensitive time for regeneration of a degenerated disc. The researchers propose that this could interrupt the above described cascade of changes. (3) Moriarty Chiropractic uses Cox® Technic to gently create a positive environment for the healing of degenerated discs by increasing the area of the spinal canal by 28%, increasing the height of the disc by 17%, and dropping intradiscal pressures to as low as -192mmHg in the low back and dropping pressures in the cervical spine by a mean pressure as much as 1265 mmHg. (4,5) Moriarty Chiropractic takes it one more step with the Cox® Technic system of spinal pain management by adding spinal nutrition (especially disc nutrition supplementation) and exercise to optimize the relief and clinical outcome for Nashua back pain patients.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Paxton Schofield on The Back Doctors’ Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who presented his care of arthritis and degeneration with Cox® Technic.
Schedule your Nashua chiropractic appointment at Moriarty Chiropractic for your spine’s health. You may not be too young for back pain, and you are surely not too young to look after your spine. A Nashua chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise can benefit all ages of back pain and neck pain sufferers struggling with disc degeneration.