A Healthy Ottawa Spinal Disc

A cushion. A spacer. A spring. A spinal disc. The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider understands well the spinal intervertebral disc! Ottawa chiropractic back pain and neck pain patients appreciate 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 allows motion of the spine. The disc also supports a large opening for the nerves leaving the spine through which to pass. If this opening is thinned, which happens when discs degenerate and lose height, the nerves passing through are compressed. This compression impedes circulation to the nerve and inflammation of the nerve begins. The shrinking of the nerve opening is termed Ottawa spinal stenosis. See this schematic and MRI picture of normal and stenotic nerve openings.

Ottawa stenotic and normal spinal discs

A SPRING

The intervertebral disc acts like a spring to hold the vertebra apart. The normal disc therefore acts to avoid nerve compression and to permit spinal motion. When the disc degenerates, or thins, it allows the adjacent vertebra to approximate one another, resulting in loss of motion, compressed nerve, and back pain or arm or leg pain. What keeps the intervertebral disc height? Normal discs have a content of a chemical called glycosaminoglycan (GAG) which permits the disc to take up water from the fluid entering the disc. Actually, the interior of a healthy disc is 80% water. The GAG content of the disc’s interior reduces significantly with degeneration, thus lowering the water content of the disc. Disc water loss due to GAG loss is called degeneration. Disc degeneration decreases the ability of the disc to resist motion by over 65%. The incapacity to control motion of the vertebrae is termed instability. (1)

BENEFICIAL TREATMENT: COX® TECHNIC

Let’s consider two benefits for the spine when Cox® distraction manipulation is delivered.

First, The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider offers a specialized form of Ottawa spinal manipulation which increases the disc space height, enlarges the nerve opening size, reduces pressure inside the disc to help in circulation, returns lost range of motion to the spine and establishes nerve conduction to the brain for pain relief. (4) This latter benefit is called afferentation. The manipulation undoes the effects of gravitational and work effort changes in the spine that result in spinal stenosis and loss of motion. Researchers revealed that spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lower extremity sciatica pain reduced low back and leg pain intensity, disability, pain; improved range of motion of spine; and satisfied patients in the short and long term. (2) The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider benefits Ottawa back pain sufferers’ discs!

Second, The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider may suggest nutritional delivery of glycosaminoglycan by capsule which is improved when combined with Cox® Technic. This combination allows higher levels in the disc. It is this glycosaminoglycan that absorbs water to nine times its own volume, generating greater fluid content in the disc to improve both nerve opening size and assist prevention of disc degeneration and inflammation. Folic acid (Vitamin B9) plays a part in peripheral nerve injury repair by encouraging Schwann cell proliferation, migration, and secretion of nerve growth factor. (3)

CONTACT The practice of Dr. Tim Schneider

Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jonathan Cerrutti as he shares 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 Ottawa chiropractic appointment today. Your Ottawa spine will be grateful for the attention you give its cushy, separating, springy spinal disc!

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