Treating Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease

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When treating cervical disc degeneration, the spine must be realigned, rehydrated and properly cared for. Learn more about cervical degenerative disc disease treatments with help from a chiropractor in this free video on spinal disc herniation and sciatica.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Ray Wisniewski, America's Health Care Answerman. I want to talk about treatments for cervical disc degeneration. Now first, just a brief undertaking of what cervical disc degeneration is, what happens is that each of the vertebrae have to have a specific amount of stress upon all movement of the spine. In the cervical spine, there are seven bones. If they're in their proper alignment, it will wear evenly. It's, the problem is that if that's out of its normal alignment; just like the front end of your car, if it's out of alignment, that puts more mechanical stress on one portion of the tire, that will wear that tire down on that side, on exactly at that stress point. The same happens with the cervical spine. Let's go to an x-ray. There should be a 40 degree arc from the second cervical vertebrae to the seventh cervical vertebrae. As long as that arc is even, there's no trauma or stress to the, the ligaments or the tendons on those areas, there's going to be a great healthy disc. You can see in this one, the one above we have a good curve, healthy disc. These discs are all the same age, yet, this area here we have a reversal from a previous injury; that reversal is causing more stress on the spine, that increase stress is causing the disc to degenerate. A result of that disc degeneration, because of the space between is less and the ligaments are the same length, what happens, the body tries to stabilize it by dumping calcium into the ligaments; thus, creates the spurs. So, a cervical disc degeneration involves the space between less and spurs. Okay. Let's take a look at what we can do for this. There's three portions to treatment of the cervical disc. Number one and the most important is, we need to stop the degeneration. The only way to stop that degeneration is to realign that spine. Now, this is going to take some specific structure corrective chiropractic care use, utilizing weights, possibly head weights; we do what we refer to as a necklace weight. We also would have to do specific chiropractic adjustments and in fact, in our office, we'll take the x-ray beforehand, we make these various corrections. We take an x-ray immediately after to see did those corrections, are they making the proper structure corrections. So, we know what's going to happen down the road. We can actually predict and this, this is one thing, when utilizing these property, this is absolutely predictable with, with the results are going to be. Now secondly, we need to regenerate and rehydrate the disc. In order to do that, the disc is mainly water; it's ninety percent, it starts off as ninety percent water; the degeneration wears that down where it will be seventy percent, sixty percent, fifty percent. In fact, if you've had it for a long time, as you age, you actually can get what's called, referred to as a sooted mass where there's barely any water. And there's essentially no blood vessels to the disc, it's considered the largest avascular organ. There are some blood vessels, but, in some animal, it's considered to be avascular. So, it gets its, its nutrients through osmosis. So, what we need to do with that is a specific type of traction that's going to maintain the integrity so that we still have that curvature within the spine. So, we want to have that curvature plus the traction, pulling in the fluids; we also wanted to do the third part, would be proper nutrition. This would involve Glucosamine, N-acetyl glucosamine, Boswellia Serrata which is a, a particular type of herb. I like to use a, antioxidants; my, of choice would be our super nano green tea which eliminates cellular smoke which is the free radicals that are created by these entire degenerative process. As we do this, now instead of the cell being worse than the one before, that new cell can be better which is called regeneration. So, we can absolutely regenerate the tissue, regenerate the cell; we can stop this entire process and that's the three part mechanism to absolutely treat, correct, treat, reverse cervical disc degeneration.

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