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Possible Regeneration for Baton Rouge Disc Degeneration

October 13, 2020

The future: disc re-generation! It’s an exciting possibility being considered today. Converting disc degeneration into disc regeneration offers hope for back pain sufferers everywhere. What’s the most recent suggested process? Distraction. Just what your Baton Rouge chiropractor at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is well-trained to do! Baton Rouge chiropractic spinal manipulation is beneficial. For Baton Rouge back pain related to disc degeneration, these new disc regeneration studies spread hope for back pain relief.


Researchers seem more and more optimistic about disc regeneration. A new set of researchers described the biochemical, mechanical, and structural modifications that must all come together to result in disc degeneration in the first place. Giving credit to previous studies on degenerated discs, they conceded that traction/distraction has been shown to increase disc height and reduce intervertebral pressure. (Research regarding biomechanical effects of Cox® Technic flexion distraction used at Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers has demonstgrated a 17% increase in disc height, a 28% increase in area, and an intradiscal pressure drop in lumbar spine discs to as low as -192mmHg pressure. (1) ) They clarified that not all levels of disc degeneration can be regenerated as all the right conditions must converge for regenerating the disc that did so for its degeneration. They report that their research demonstrated that traction interrupted the cycle of disc degeneration in the lab study, particularly that 2 to 6 weeks of traction is optimal to regenerate a degenerated disc. (2) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers follows this research most excitedly.


Another published paper stated that there is greater reconstruction and better effectiveness of disc regeneration or repair using low-tension traction as opposed to high-tension traction. The researchers described that the lab findings are based on the proteoglycan content of the nucleus pulposus of the spinal intervertebral disc, the very center of the disc, which is made up of proteoglycans. The proteoglycan content of the nucleus increased significantly. Both 2 and 4 weeks of traction resulted in change, but 4 weeks’ changes were significantly superior to 2 weeks. Other disc changes researchers described were the pores in the bony endplate, their number and diameter that all improved. (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 in mind, Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers provides safe, gentle, low-tension to patient tolerance distraction according to The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management protocols. Baton Rouge 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 relays how The Cox® Technic System delivers back pain relief of disc degeneration-related pain.

Schedule your next Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment now. If you suffer with disc degeneration- related back pain, disc re-generation as a futuristic concept may not be so futuristic. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is keeping track of the developments that may lead to and support disc regeneration. Our Baton Rouge back pain patients have hope!

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers shares new research about the role of spinal manipulation in potentially regenerating degenerated discs.