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Possible Regeneration for Richmond Disc Degeneration

Futuristic concept? Disc Re-generation. Not really! It’s an exciting possibility being examined today. Converting disc degeneration into disc regeneration offers hope for back pain sufferers all around. What’s the latest proposed process? Distraction. Just what your Richmond chiropractor at Johnson Chiropractic is well-trained to do! Richmond chiropractic spinal manipulation is beneficial. For Richmond back pain related to disc degeneration, these new disc regeneration reports extend hope for back pain relief.

DISC DEGENERATION AND REGENERATION CONTRIBUTORS

Researchers seem more and more positive about disc regeneration. A recent group of researchers defined the biochemical, mechanical, and structural changes that must all come together to lead to disc degeneration in the first place. Giving credit to prior studies on degenerated discs, they conceded that traction/distraction has been shown to enhance disc height and reduce intervertebral pressure. (Research about biomechanical effects of Cox® Technic flexion distraction utilized at Johnson Chiropractic has shown a 17% increase in disc height, a 28% increase in area, and an intradiscal pressure decrease in lumbar spine discs to as low as -192mmHg pressure. (1) ) They explained that not all levels of disc degeneration can be regenerated as all the necessary conditions must come together for regenerating the disc that came together in its degeneration. They report that their research showed that traction interrupted the cycle of disc degeneration in the laboratory study, particularly that 2 to 6 weeks of traction is optimal to regenerate a degenerated disc. (2) Johnson Chiropractic tracks this research most enthusiastically.

IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH: LOW TENSION DISTRACTION

Another published paper stated that there is greater reconstruction and better effectiveness of disc regeneration or repair when low-tension traction instead of high tension traction is used. The researchers explained that the lab findings are based upon the proteoglycan content of the nucleus pulposus of the spinal intervertebral disc, the very center of the disc, which consists of proteoglycans. The proteoglycan content of the nucleus rose significantly. Both 2 and 4 weeks of traction resulted in change, but 4 weeks’ changes were significantly better to 2 weeks. Other disc changes researchers reported on were the pores in the bony endplate, their number and diameter that all increased. (3) A third study on this topic of potential disc regeneration related that 28 days of compression followed by 28 days of distraction resulted in disc rehydration, stimulated extracellular matrix gene expression, and augmented numbers of protein-expressing cells. (4) With these exciting papers as support, Johnson Chiropractic delivers safe, gentle, low-tension to patient tolerance distraction according to The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols. Richmond back pain sufferers are glad we do!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how The Cox® Technic System delivers back pain relief of disc degeneration-related pain.

Schedule your next Richmond chiropractic visit now. If you have disc degeneration- related back pain, disc re-generation as a futuristic concept may not be so futuristic. Johnson Chiropractic is keeping track of the developments that may lead to and support disc regeneration. Our Richmond back pain patients have hope!

 
Johnson Chiropractic shares new research about the role of spinal manipulation in disc regeneration possibility. 
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