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Soft Health and Healing Clinic Sees Disc Disease in Young People

“You’re young! You don’t have to worry about back pain.” Not true! New research confirms 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. Soft Health and Healing Clinic is here for young and old alike when Brooks disc degeneration disrupts your quality of life.

DDD STARTS EARLIER THAN ONCE THOUGHT

It’s hard to believe, but it is reported in the medical literature. Disc degeneration begins in the late teens!  A study of 18-20 year old healthy air force cadets uncovered that 77% had13 disc degeneration or disc herniation. (1) That’s new news! It’s been documented in other studies that disc degeneration starts at age 20. Now it’s shown to start in 18 year olds! In this project MRIs were taken of 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 results in young, seemingly healthy people are similar to what would be expected in adults. (1) It is never too early to take care of the spine! Soft Health and Healing Clinic takes care of spines at all ages via spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise.

WHY?

Researchers (and parents) wonder “why?” Why does lumbar spine disc degeneration or cervical spine disc degeneration start so young? Genetics may play a role. 80% of patients in a recent study had mutations in their collagen-encoding genes. Collagen is vital to disc and joint health. Lumbar disc herniation patients showed two variants in their gene encoding for aggrecan, a protein that the end plate depends on for load-bearing. Such a mutation affects the nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus and end plates. (2) Certainly, the whole reason about why a disc degenerates isn’t fully defined yet. Soft Health and Healing Clinic does have ways to contain and relieve the pain of a Brooks degenerated disc.

INTERRUPTING DISC DEGENERATION, PROMOTING DISC REGENERATION

Researchers explained disc degeneration as a complex connection of mechanical, biochemical, and structural alterations at the cellular level, cells that exist in an abnormal mechanical environment. Regeneration of such cells would require 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic 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 Brooks 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 Brooks chiropractic appointment at Soft Health and Healing Clinic for your spine’s health. You may not be too young for back pain, and you are certainly not too young to take care of your spine. A Brooks chiropractic treatment plan of spinal manipulation, nutrition and exercise can benefit all ages of back pain and neck pain sufferers due to disc degeneration.

Soft Health and Healing Clinic manages back pain due to disc degeneration in younger people in their teens and 20s.  
 
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