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Baton Rouge Exercise and Manipulation May Help Get Water into Disc

January 28, 2021

Water is central to the body. Water makes up about half of the body. The spinal disc has around 80% water. Disc degeneration entails the loss of water and disc hydration. Chiropractic takes care of disc problems like disc degeneration with a variety of forms of care. Exercise assists water diffusion into the disc. Spinal manipulation boosts diffusion of water into the disc. Drinking water can’t but help!  Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers uses spinal manipulation to help our spine pain patients suffering with Baton Rouge back pain and neck pain and related leg and arm pain and recommends exercise to support the effects of spinal manipulation to improve the health of the spinal disc.


Can exercise benefit the intervertebral disc in non-specific low back pain sufferers? Researchers reported that muscles, tendons and bone do respond positively, so they looked at the disc to see if it does.  One new study used imaging to see. On T2-weighted MRI imaging after six months of exercise in this type of patient, the non-specific low back pain patient, the researchers didn’t uncover a benefit though at 3 months the imaging showed higher L5S1 diffusion coefficients. They stated that other types of low back pain sufferers may respond differently. (1) That’s noteworthy. The increased 'apparent diffusion coefficients' is promising though when we consider other articles about diffusion of water into the disc. Wong described that non-specific low back pain patients who responded with greater than 30% relief to spinal manipulation therapy compared with non-responders showed a higher apparent diffusion coefficient for disc diffusion of water. (2) If exercise can boost that even a bit, it has a spot in back and neck pain management. At the very least, a Baton Rouge back pain sufferer may well improve the odds of responding to conservative care by maximizing the water content of disc with exercise and spinal manipulation!


Studies of manual therapy and traction effects on the intervertebral disc in back pain patients showed that there is an effect on the physiology (the structure and function) of the disc mainly via water diffusion and molecular transport. Both of these are important for a healthy disc. (3) Beattie stated that changes in the diffusion of water within the discs at L1-2, L2-3, and L5S1 were seen after just one treatment of spinal manipulation. (4) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers uses the gentle distraction treatment called Cox Technic spinal manipulation to make a push-pull-pumping effect on the disc and its endplates to encourage imbibition of fluid into the disc help our Baton Rouge spine pain patients.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he further discusses the process of disc degeneration and how Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction helps in its care via manipulation.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. Your body survives on water. Degenerated discs lose water. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers guides Baton Rouge chiropractic patients toward healthier discs with spinal manipulation and exercise to coost water content. 

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers uses spinal manipulation and exercise to boost the diffusion of water into the disc which helps the health of the disc.