Ottawa Disc Herniation Needs Chondroitin Sulfate

Chondroitin sulfate is important for the health of the spinal disc. The intervertebral disc requires chondroitin sulfate. A degenerated disc misses chondroitin sulfate when it decreases with age. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider shares with our Ottawa back pain patients that back pain due to a degenerated disc benefits from chiropractic treatment as well as nutritional supplementation with chondroitin sulfate from perna canaliculus (a green lipped mussel).

DISC DEGENERATION AND CHONDROITIN SULFATE

Disc degeneration is a deficiency of chondroitin sulfate in the disc which results in a loss of water and reduction of the disc. Glycosaminoglycan pulls water into the disc’s nucleus pulposus. Reduced glycosaminoglycan levels in the disc are an indicator of early degeneration resulting in functional changes of the disc via changed stress and strain. (1) Amazingly, disc degeneration is noted to begin as early as adolescence, a seemingly quite early stage in the aging process! Aging and degeneration affect the disc’s cells. It’s a complicated process of interactions from the cellular level to the outer fibrous matrix that keep the disc together. (2) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider relieves pain from disc degeneration for many Ottawa chiropractic patients with a mixed plan of spinal manipulation, exercise and often nutrition for the disc with chondroitin sulfate.

BENEFIT OF CHONDROITIN SULFATE SUPPLEMENTATION

Chondroitin sulfate is a primer of glycosaminoglycan. As such, it is quite important to the health of a disc. Chondroitin sulfate is necessary to develop glycosaminoglycan and support its presence in the disc’s nucleus pulposus (the middle of the disc). Aging influences the structure and level of chondroitin sulfate in the system and how its sulfation works for the disc’s health. To appreciate the relationship of chondroitin sulfate, glycosaminoglycan and aging benefits treatment of the degenerated disc and its possible regeneration and repair. (3) One study reported that repeated oral administration of chondroitin sulfate significantly decreased pain sensation. (4) Ottawa back pain patients with disc degeneration welcome experiencing reduced pain!

CONTACT The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider

Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Dean Greenwood on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He presents two cases of cervical spine conditions resulting in arm pain and weakness. Disc degeneration isn’t picky. It will affect the cervical spine, too! Dr. Greenwood shares the disc anatomy, disc degeneration and its difficulty for neck patients and how spinal nutrition with chondroitin sulfate supplementation along with Cox® Technic eased the pain.

Schedule a Ottawa chiropractic appointment today for your back pain relief. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider will establish a treatment plan especially for you to likely include spinal manipulation as well as chondroitin sulfate supplementation.

The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider often recommends supplementation with chondroitin sulfate for Ottawa chiropractic patients with back and neck pain due to disc issues.  
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