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Causes for spinal degeneration risks

Causes for spinal degeneration risks

Learning the causes of spinal degeneration

It is necessary to learn the causes of spinal degeneration. Despite the condition is not fatal, it is bothering our daily life.

When we get older, discs in our spine naturally break down. This directly affects the body’s flexibility as well as our daily routine. Disc herniation or disc degeneration thus has become an issue that catches the attention of users in health forums today. The most common consequences of disc herniation are pains in the neck, shoulder or back. For those over 80, this rate is 80%, which greatly impact the quality of our life after retirement.

To overcome such problem, researchers have conducted a recent study, providing some important information on this industry. On November 9, 2015, health specialists from Mie University, Osaka University, Japan and Rush University’s Medical Center, Illinois published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders a study on 197 patients over 65 years old for a 10-year period. These patients had their disc heights measured in different times to determine factors leading to disc degeneration.

They found that during the study, the heights of participants’ discs gradually decreased by 5.8% on average. Furthermore, three factors were determined to increase the chance of disc degeneration, which are:

  • Female gender.
  • Osteoarthritic knee pain.
  • Presence of back pain

Based on such these findings, researchers advised women to pay extra attention to risks of disc herniation. Others were advised to maintain a stable weight, avoiding lifting heavy objects and restrict smoking. Researchers found that smokers tended to have a higher chance of disc herniation than non-smokers.

For example, in a study published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, researchers studied 43 different individuals between the ages of 47 and 70 who were experiencing osteoarthritic knee pain. Those who received three treatments a year reported positive results. They confirmed a reduced osteoarthritic symptoms, improved knee mobility, which enabled them to perform general activities more easily than before the chiropractic treatment.

With this study, chiropractic is found to reduce low back pain and lessen disc degeneration in elders. This conclusion has brought in trusts that chiropractic can offer long-term benefits to improve the quality of life in the future.

(Author: Christina DeBusk)

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