Disc Problems: Part 1 – Disc Herniation – A NYC Chiropractor/ Applied Kinesiologist / NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

Before we begin to talk about herniations; we need to talk about the structure and function of an intervertebral disc.

An intervertebral disc lies between adjacent vertebrae in the vertebral column. There are 23 discs in the human spine: 6 in the neck (cervical) region, 12 in the middle back (thoracic) region, and 5 in the lower back (lumbar) region. Each disc forms a fibrocartilaginous joint ( symphysis), it allows slight movement of the vertebrae, acts as a ligament to hold the vertebrae together, and functions as a shock absorber for the spine. 

Intervertebral discs consist of an outer fibrous ring, the annulus fibrosus  which surrounds an inner gel-like center, the nucleus pulposus. The annulus fibrosus consists of several layers  of tough fibrocartilage that can withstand compressive forces.  The nucleus of the disc acts as a shock absorber…think of it as a gliding ball moving in reaction to the movement of the vertebrae. For example as the spine flexes (bends forward) , the nucleus pulposus moves to the back or posterior of the disc absorbing the impact of the body’s activities and keeping the two vertebrae separated.

 

And as the spine extends , the gliding nucleus moves forward; bend sideways, the gel moves to the opposite side. You get the idea.

However what happens if the spine is “struck in a relatively immobile or restricted  position? That means that the nucleus pulposus is constantly in one location pushing up against the annulus fibers; and between the pressure from the nucleus and the increase of compressive forces from the abnormal spinal movement, the annulus fibers start to weaken. This allow part of the nucleus to protrude (and the fibers ) into either the spinal canal or up against a spinal nerve. This is called herniation or a bulging disc.

 

A spinal disc herniation  can happen during a trauma or a result of chronic abnormal spinal mechanics combined w/ poor posture.  Both the deformed annulus and the gel-like material of the nucleus pulposus can be forced laterally, or posterior, distorting local muscle function, and putting pressure on the nearby nerve. This can give the symptoms typical of nerve root entrapment. These symptoms can vary between parasthaesia (tingling), numbness, chronic or acute pain, either locally or along the area of the body served by the entrapped nerve (dermatome) and loss of muscle tone. 

The two most common areas of herniation are the cervical (neck) vertebrae and the lumbar (low back) vertebrae.  Please see below blogs for more information about problems with these regions.

Cervical Radiculitis – A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains What It Is & How She Treats It

How a NYC Chiropractor /Applied Kinesiologist /NeuroKinetic Therapist Treats Sciatica

 There are varying degrees of herniation; sometimes there is rupture of the annulus fibers and some of the nucleus pulposus escapes into the spinal canal and the area of the spinal cord. This is called a noncontained extrusion, which sometimes requires a surgical correction.

The degree of herniation requires visualization via MRI. However abnormal findings on MRI do not necessary relate to degree of symptoms; in fact, a number of MRI’s done on asymptomatic volunteers showed various herniations.

A proper examination with orthopedic and neurological testing will show at what spinal nerve level does the pain originates from. Muscle testing will show if an imbalance of muscle pull is affecting the spine and the patient’s posture.

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I use a table that provides flexion distraction and spinal decompression; biomechanically it can open the disc space  by 28%; allowing for a gentle reversal of the herniation. This table and SOT non-force adjustments produce rapid improvement.

Low Back Pain & Non Force Adjustments/SOT Blocking: A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/NeuroKinetic Therapist Explains

As the patient improves, symptoms such as pain or numbness will decrease, orthopedic and neurological tests will go from positive to negative and the muscles will test strong and balanced.

Think you may have a herniation problem? Please give me a call at 212-431-3724 or email me at drvittoriarepett@aol.com. 

And lets talk and see if I can help you.

 

 

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Medical Articles of Interest for September 2019

Inflammation in Adolescence Linked to Early Mortality

Microplastics Turning Up in Human Stool

Soft Drinks Once Again Associated With Premature Death

Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer Link Confirmed

FDA, EU Investigating Probable Carcinogen in Heartburn Meds

Alzheimer’s Drug Linked to Potentially Serious Muscle Condition

Regular Exercise May Slow Progression to Alzheimer’s

Calcium in Food or Supplement Is Safe in Postmenopausal Women

Plain Water Better Than Hand Sanitizer for Influenza A

Extra Protein Boosts Muscle With Resistance Training, but Only Slightly

 

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Medical Articles of Interest for June 2019

Acute Sleep Loss Increases Blood Levels of Alzheimer’s Biomarker

Insomnia Drugs: Some More Dangerous Than Others

More Elderly Americans Dying From Falls

Anticholinergic Drugs Could Account for 10% of Dementia Cases

Chemical in Toothpaste Tied to Osteoporosis in Women

Vitamin Deficiencies May Be the Only Sign of Celiac Disease

 

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Medical Articles of Interest for April & May 2019

Metformin Use Linked to Worse Cognition, B-Vitamin Deficiency

Low Cholesterol Linked to Higher Hemorrhagic Stroke Risk

The Gastrointestinal Frontier: IgA and Viruses

Multiple Functions of Immunoglobulin A in Mucosal Defense against Viruses: an In Vitro Measles Virus Model

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons denounces mandatory vaccines, citing “no rigorous safety studies”

Sleeping Pill Use Linked to Later Increase in BP Meds

Brain Damage From Alcohol Continues After Abstinence

Exercise Activates Memory in Seniors

Mediterranean Diet Tied to Better Memory for Diabetics

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Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14
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Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2 and Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL
May be used as a preventative and therapeutic agent for upper respiratory tract infections and otitis

Bifidobacterium lactis (Bi-07), Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®, Bifidobacterium lactis (BI-04), and Lactobacillus paracasei (Lpc37)
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Bifidobacterium lactis HN019, Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001, and Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)
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Gut – Brain Axis Seminar on April 13th – A NYC Chiropractor/Applied Kinesiologist/ NeuroKinetic Therapist will be attending.

Brain Body: Personalized Lifestyle Medicine for the Gut-Brain Axis
Presented by Sara Gottfried, MD

Seminar Description:

Previously overlooked, we now know that the 100 trillion gut microbes of healthy people influence their well being in substantial ways. Those trillions of bugs vary from one healthy person to another and from one unhealthy person to another. Meanwhile, as practitioners, we are witnessing an epidemic rise in the incidence of inflammatory conditions associated with the gut-brain axis dysfunction, including anxiety, depression, and early memory loss.

Developing research shows  these conditions are associated with an imbalance (dysbiosis) in the gut microbiome. There is constant talk between the gut and brain

Some of it travels along the  vagus nerve, and some of it travels in the blood, especially via nutrients, hormones, proteins, peptides, and inflammatory messengers like antibodies and cytokines.

The good news is that while abnormal gut microbiota can lead to dysfunction of the brain body and cause brain symptoms like anxiety, depression, brain fog,rising set point, and memory loss, correcting perturbations in gut health is an emerging strategy used as part of a plan to address such symptoms. Currently, the lifetime risk of anxiety is 30 percent, and higher in women, while lifetime risk of depression is approximately 21 to 45 percent for women and 10 to 30 percent for men.

Mainstream medicine taught us that anxiety is a response to perceived threat, whereas depression is a response to perceived harm or loss. For decades, anxiety has been treated with benzodiazepines, in an effort to mask symptoms, and depression with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor or a new generation of similar pharmaceuticals and occasionally cognitive behavioral therapy. We were also taught that memory loss and other signs of cognitive decline are an inevitable result of aging.

Turns out that a more accurate characterization is that these conditions are manifestations of a gut/brain axis that is out of homeostasis.There are five key ways that dysbiotic gut flora can promote anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline: by making your gut wall leaky, by manipulating your stress response (and therefore your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal/thyroid/gonadal axes), by disrupting your immune response, by causing chronic inflammation in the body and brain (neuroinflammtion), and by producing harmful peptides and other chemical messengers. In this interactive presentation, I will learn personalized lifestyle medicine strategies for improving intestinal wall integrity—specifically with the use of targeted dietary and lifestyle interventions—including nutrigenomic approaches, “behaviorceuticals” (physical activities that improve mental health), and targeted prebiotics and probiotics.

Objectives:
• Review the normal and abnormal function of the gut-brain axis and how it impacts the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal/thyroid/gonadal (HPATG) axes and default mode network.

• Identify the role of intestinal permeability and the gut microbiome in stress, mood, an overactive HPATG, and central nervous system disorders.

• Review personalized lifestyle medicine strategies for improving intestinal wall integrity with the use of targeted dietary and lifestyle interventions, including nutrigenomic approaches, “behaviorceuticals,” and targeted prebiotics and probiotics.

 

About Sara Gottfried, MD
Sara Gottfried, MD is a board-certified gynecologist and physician scientist. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed residency at the University of California at San Francisco. Over the past two decades, Dr. Gottfried has seen more than 25,000 patients and specializes in identifying the underlying cause of her patients’ conditions to achieve true and lasting health transformations, not just symptom management. She is more likely to test her patient’s DNA and next-generation biomarkers and then prescribe a customized protocol, using primarily food (not drugs) plus other proven lifestyle interventions to optimize the gene/environment interface. For each patient, she designs an N-of-1 trial to provide rapid information on whether the personalized lifestyle plan will improve outcomes. It’s not one method fits all. It’s not disease-centered. It’s not fix- em-up-and-send-’em-home. It’s a mission to transform healthcare, one patient at a time. Dr. Gottfried is the Chief Medical Officer of Metagenics, a health sciences company based in Aliso Viejo, California, which is dedicated to leading the movement to make personalized nutritional and lifestyle intervention the standard of care in medicine. Additionally, Dr. Gottfried is the president of Metagenics Institute. Dr. Gottfried is a global keynote speaker who practices evidence-based integrative,
precision, and Functional Medicine. She has written three New York Times bestselling books: The Hormone Cure, The Hormone Reset Diet, and her latest, Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years.

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Medical Articles of Interest for March 2019

Diet Could Influence Immunotherapy Response Via Microbiome

Long-term HRT Tied to Greater Risk for Alzheimer Disease

Intermittent Fasting Lowers Triglycerides More Than Regular Diet

Even Later-Life Exercise Reduces Mortality

U.S. FDA Finds Asbestos in Three Claire’s Cosmetics Products, Calls for Change

Popular Spice Rivals Stimulant for ADHD

Hip Exercises May Improve Walking, Pain With Knee Arthritis

Mushrooms May Cut Cognitive Impairment Risk

Higher Soda, Sports Drinks Consumption Tied to Earlier Mortality

 

 

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