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Spengel Chiropractic Sees Disc Disease in Young People

“You’re young! You do not have to worry about back pain.” Not true! New research shows that young and old alike must contend with disc degeneration. Most of us will personally have to face disc degeneration’s pain at some point in our lives…or help a loved one coping with its back pain or neck pain effects. Spengel Chiropractic is here for young and old alike when McHenry disc degeneration interferes with your life.

DDD STARTS EARLIER THAN ONCE THOUGHT

It is hard to believe, but it’s documented in the medical literature. Disc degeneration begins in the late teens!  A study of 18-20 year old healthy air force cadets discovered that 77% showed disc degeneration or disc herniation. (1) That’s new news! It has been documented elsewhere that disc degeneration starts at age 20. Now it is shown to appear 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 was 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 findings in young, seemingly healthy people are similar to what would be expected in adults. (1) It’s never too early to take care of the spine! Spengel Chiropractic takes care of spines at all ages via spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise.

WHY?

Researchers (and parents) ask “why?” Why does lumbar spine disc degeneration or cervical spine disc degeneration begin so young? It may be genetic. 80% of patients in a recent study had mutations in their collagen-encoding genes. Collagen is important to disc and joint health. Back pain sufferers with a lumbar disc herniation had two variants in their gene encoding for aggrecan, a protein that the end plate depends on for load-bearing. Such a mutation influences the nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus and end plates. (2) Certainly, the whole reason about why a disc degenerates is not fully defined yet. Spengel Chiropractic does have ways to restrain and relieve the pain of a McHenry degenerated disc.

INTERRUPTING DISC DEGENERATION, PROMOTING DISC REGENERATION

Researchers described disc degeneration as a cascade of mechanical, biochemical, and structural alterations at the cellular level, cells that are in an abnormal mechanical environment. Regeneration of such cells would demand very specific conditions and would not 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 suggest that this could interrupt the above described cascade of changes. (3) Spengel Chiropractic uses Cox® Technic to gently produce a positive environment for the healing of degenerated discs by enhancing the area of the spinal canal by 28%, increasing the height of the disc by 17%, and decreasing 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) Spengel Chiropractic takes it one more step with the Cox® Technic system of spinal pain management by adding spinal nutrition (particularly disc nutrition supplementation) and exercise to boost the relief and clinical outcome for McHenry 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 McHenry chiropractic appointment at Spengel 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 McHenry chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise can be good for all ages of back pain and neck pain sufferers due to disc degeneration.

Spengel Chiropractic relieves back pain due to disc degeneration in younger people in their teens and 20s.  
 
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