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  • drbret
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    I have been entertaining the idea of getting into the medical sales arena for the spine and or orthopedics. I am a chiropractor as well. Do you have any suggestions or advice?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Your background would be quite helpful in understanding the situation regarding sales. There are a number of companies that you might contact. Medtronics, Synthes, Stryker and Globus come to mind. You should put together a good cover letter and curriculum vitae for distribution and then send letters of introduction to the national companies and separately to any local distributors.

    Dr. Corenman

    drbret
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    Thank you for the help!

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Please read the anatomy portion on the website to understand what happens to disc tears. The disc is avascular and “once a tear- always a tear”. None the less, most individuals with degenerative changes have minimal or no symptoms. If you have significant symptoms, the key word is management. Core strength, medications for flair-ups, some activity avoidance or at least modification and understanding the ergonomics of the spine.

    Surgery is only needed for degenerative disc disease if you cannot deal with the symptoms. Even though the pain of degenerative disc disease is not dangerous, it can be incapacitating. Most individuals can learn to deal with the pain. If not, that is where I come in.

    Dr. Corenman

    IvanatCHL
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    Thank you for an answer.

    I understand now the anatomy of the disc, that the protection of the disc is the amount of water within the disc. Staying hydrated is probably first for disc health. Does that mean consuming salt might help retain the water?

    Is there anything i can do to promote my body to reabsorb that protrusion quicker?

    “The inside jelly (nucleus) is made of sugar attached to protein and acts like a giant sponge.” What sugars and what proteins? Can I increase production of them in my body to heal after the protrusion is gone?

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Reabsorption of the small herniated disc fragment cannot be influenced by dietary intake. The fragment is partially reabsorbed by the inflammatory pathway. This unfortunately that same pathway that also causes nerve irritation. Since the disc is avascular (no blood supply), changing diet has little effect on the disc contents.

    Dr. Corenman

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