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Hollstrom & Associates Inc Explains Degenerative Disc Disease and How Nutrition Helps

Usual questions of Largo back pain sufferers at Hollstrom & Associates Inc include: “What is Largo degenerative disease?” (Hollstrom & Associates Inc can explain what degenerative disc disease at the drop of a hat!) and “Will nutrition help?” (“Yes!”)

WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE?

Degenerative disc disease results many times from normal, age-related changes that take place in the discs of the spine that produce pain. The spinal discs function like shock absorbers between the vertebral bones of your spine. As discs degenerate, they do not do their job very well. A discs’ health stems from the health of surrounding structures as much as its own health. The cartilage endplates play a huge role in the health of the disc. Unhealthy endplates do, too, as they may contribute to degenerative disc disease.

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND NUTRITION HELP DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

Chiropractic care at Hollstrom & Associates Inc approaches disc health from both the inside and outside. The disc needs some special nutritional elements to keep it healthy and strong, ready to keep the spine mobile. It needs glucose, glycosaminoglycan, calcium, magnesium, chondroitin sulfate, and more. It obtains these nutrients through the cartilaginous endplates that surround it above and below (70%) and from the sides of the disc (30%). The cartilage endplates of the disc that abut the vertebral bodies of the spine feed nutrients to the disc. Permeability of the cartilage endplate rises as it ages and degenerates. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate is linked to the start of cell starvation and death of the disc due to poor nutrition. Degeneration of the cartilage endplate may well be to blame for mechanical load-induced dehydration of the disc’s nucleus pulposus and reduced levels of glucose in the nucleus pulposus (inner gel of the disc)-annulus fibrosus (outer bands of the disc) connection area. (Read more about disc nutrition with glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate.) (1) The endplates are vital to the disc’s health. When the endplates are damaged by degenerative changes, they can’t perform their job of transporting nutrients into the disc. One study stresses this issue by explaining that severe inhibition in the endplate nutritional pathways likely leads to intervertebral disc disruption. (2) Additionally, a good night’s rest may be beneficial for more than beauty! Lying down even for a short time allows an increase in the cervical spine and thoracic intervertebral discs’ hydration volume. (3) Hollstrom & Associates Inc cares for the disc from the inside with nutrition and the outside with sleep recommendations and spinal manipulation.

Largo CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT HELPS DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

While lying down unloads the spine, dynamic loading of the spine is beneficial, too. How? It comes back to those cartilage endplates once again.  Cartilage endplates’ ability to allow flow of nutrients depends on its porosity. The more porous and healthy the endplates are, the more flow of nutrients is permitted. The less porous, less hydrated, more degenerated the endplates are, the less flow of nutrients is permitted. Recent research today presents the benefits of dynamic loading (as opposed to static loading) on nutrient transport into the disc via cartilage endplates. (4) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is dynamic treatment of the spine. The protocols of Cox® Technic concentrate on individual segments of the spine to increase motion where disc degeneration may exist. It’s gentle, relieving care delivered every day at Hollstrom & Associates Inc!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Sylvia Hrefna from Iceland on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she discusses her relieving care with Cox® Technic of a patient with disc degeneration in her cervical spine, the second of two cases in this podcast. 

Schedule a Largo chiropractic appointment for care of your degenerative disc disease issues. Hollstrom & Associates Inc has a treatment plan of spinal manipulation and nutrition to help you find some reprieve from pain because of degenerative disc disease.  
 
Hollstrom & Associates Inc takes care of degenerative disc disease with chiropractic treatment and nutritional interventions.  
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