Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center 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 deal with disc degeneration’s pain at some point in our lives…or help a loved one coping with its back pain or neck pain complications. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center is here for young and old alike when Paramus disc degeneration disrupts your quality of life.

DDD STARTS EARLIER THAN ONCE THOUGHT

It is hard to believe, but it is documented in the medical literature. Disc degeneration begins in the late teens!  A study of 18-20 year old healthy air force cadets revealed that 77% showed disc degeneration or disc herniation. (1) That is a new revelation! It’s been recorded elsewhere that disc degeneration starts at age 20. Now it is found to appear in 18 year olds! In this project MRIs were taken of all cadets. They all reported no spine pain. On MRI, 30% showed at least one disc’s 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 is never too early to start paying attention to the spine! Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center pays attention to everyone’s spinal issues via spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise.

WHY?

Researchers (and parents) ask “why?” Why does lumbar spine disc degeneration or cervical spine disc degeneration start so early? 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 showed 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 known yet. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center does have ways to restrain and relieve the pain of a Paramus degenerated disc.

INTERRUPTING DISC DEGENERATION, PROMOTING DISC REGENERATION

Researchers described disc degeneration as a complex connection of mechanical, biochemical, and structural changes at the cellular level, cells that exist 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 responsive time for regeneration of a degenerated disc. The researchers suggest that this could interrupt the above described cascade of changes. (3) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center uses Cox® Technic to gently create a positive environment for the healing of degenerated discs by increasing the area of the spinal canal by 28%, increasing the height of the disc by 17%, and dropping 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) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center bolsters the Cox® Technic system of spinal pain management by adding spinal nutrition (especially disc nutrition supplementation) and exercise to boost the relief and clinical outcome for Paramus 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 Paramus chiropractic appointment at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center for your spine’s health. You may not be as young as you think for back pain, and you are surely not too young to look after your spine. A Paramus chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise can benefit all ages of back pain and neck pain sufferers due to disc degeneration.

Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center manages back pain due to disc degeneration in younger people in their teens and 20s.  
 
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