Herniated disc and nutrition

When attempting to prevent or rehabilitate any spinal injury, it is important to utilize the factors that are within your control. These factors include: nutrition, exercise, posture and, to a certain extent, sleep. Herniated discs are structural injuries that occur due to wear and tear or from direct trauma. Most often, they heal themselves over time with minor pain involved. If you are experiencing symptoms, our goal is to mitigate the pain and effect a comfortable recovery. Changing your diet to accommodate for a herniation in the spine begins with the fibers that make up the disc itself.

The annulus fibrosus is the structure that is compromised by herniation. The cartilaginous material cracks or tears and allows for the gel-like center to leak out and press against nearby nerves. Since it is made up of cartilaginous material, we want to focus on a diet that supports the health and strength of cartilage. A diet rich in lean protein, fruit and vegetable is a great place to start. Adding regular consumption of the following nutrients into your diet can prevent the likelihood of herniated discs occurring. Sulfur rich foods and Vitamin C support enhanced collagen production. Glucosamine-sulfate will help the body to create chemicals that repair damaged cartilage. These nutrients will also accelerate the healing process.

At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we have seen spines at every degree of health benefit from proper nutrition. Nutrition as a means of spinal support forms a cornerstone of our holistic treatment. Call our office in Fremont at (510) 656-9077 or e-mail us at [email protected] to find out how minor nutritional alterations can make a huge impact on your herniated disc.

Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.

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