Schmorl’s Nodes, Slipped Disc & NSD Therapy®
Schmorl’s nodes are end-plate irregularities that are present in 70% of autopsied spines. Most commonly, they are a developmental condition that occurs as a result of repetitive activities during childhood or early adolescence. If the activities are strenuous, the soft bones of the spine collapse inwards and allow the end-plate to protrude into the vertebral body. Schmorl’s nodes are the malformations in the vertebral end-plates, and hence, have dire consequences on the vertebral discs (spinal discs).
A Schmorl’s Nodes are end-plate malformations that adversely impacts end-plate vascularization. An end-plate is a cartilaginous structure that provides anchoring means for the spinal disc to a spinal segment. Contrary to the common believe end-pates are part of the vertebral body rather than the disc. In the adult human spine, end-plates vary is size from .1mm to 2mm. Vertebral End-Pates are thinner in the upper spinal areas compared to the lumbar end-pates. Additionally, end-plates are thinner in the center compared to its’ outer (peripheral) fibers. The difference in thickness is to help in the bearing of axial loads.
Research had provided us documentation elaborating the importance of an end-plate in patients with Schmorl’s Nodes, herniated discs, and chronic back pain. A healthy end-plate translates into a healthy spinal disc and a healthy spine. The most common factors that contribute to end-plate erosions degeneration and damage are similar to that is a disc.
The Role of End-Plates in Development Schmorl’s Nodes, Slipped Disc and Chronic Back Pain
End-pate vascularization is critical to the associated spinal disc. Spinal discs are avascular structures and as such obtain the much-needed nutrients (blood) from the end-plate above and below. So, spinal discs at attached to end-plate with a Schmorl’s Node will not be able to receive all of its’ nutritional requirements. Vertebral discs (spinal discs) are entirely dependent on the nutrients they receive from the end-plate: (sugar, amino acids, water, and oxygen). A lack of these vital nutrients leads to early degenerative disc disease.
Another mechanism through which a Schmorl’s nodes is characterized by is extrusions of the spinal disc. In a Schmorl’s Node, the spinal disc, extrude into the vertebral body either cranially (towards the head or top), or caudally (towards the feet or bottom) or both, in rare instances. These extrusions into the body of a vertebra are through a narrow aperture in the end-plate. Other mechanisms through which Schmorl’s nodes form is unclear, but possibly as the result of trauma, tumors and congenital weaknesses of the cartilage, arising from the failure to heal spaces occupied by blood vessels during development.
Schmorl’s nodes occur with an equal frequency above and below the age of 50 years, and it seems unlikely that they occur as a result of degeneration. However, they are thought to predispose the disc to degeneration in later life. Schmorl himself attributed these lesions to foci degeneration in the cartilaginous end-plate. The clinical implications for those with back pain are significant as Schmorl’s nodes can and often does complicate recovery from a slipped disc.
NSD Therapy® Can Help Patients With End-Plate Damage, Slipped Disc, Chronic Back Pain and Much, More!
NSD Therapy® is immensely helpful for those with a slipped disc. The presence of Schmorl’s Nodes often requires additional therapy sessions. If you have a slipped disc that is further complicated with Schmorl’s Nodes, you may want to opt for it. NSD Therapy® is the best option for a slipped disc and even better if Schmorl’s Nodes further complicate your slipped disc.
To date, there is no other form of care better than NSD Therapy®. The methods, technologies, and systems of collaborative treatments rendered through NSD Therapy® are unparalleled by all others. The Therapy enables the disc and end-plate the basis for improved blood flow. It can increase the amounts of nutrients available to a disc and end-plate. As a result, the improvements you get are better. It could help you even if surgery or others means of care has failed. Visit an NSD Therapy® Treatment Center today for a healthier more active to mow we.