Physical Exercise Leads to New Cell Formation In The Intervertebral Discs!
The positive effects of physical exercise on people suffering from back problems have been practically proved. But the exact effect of the exercise on intervertebral discs (act as shock absorbers by occupying the space between vertebrae, the bones that make up the spinal column) of the spine was not known till now.
A study conducted by a research team from the Sahlgrenska Academy of University of Gothenburg has shown that physical exercise on a regular basis leads to the formation of new cells in the intervertebral discs.
As a part of the study, rats were made to run on a treadmill for 1 hour daily. After a certain period, it was observed that new cells were formed in the intervertebral discs of these rats when compared to the ones that moved freely in their cages.
The team’s next step is to check whether the same exercising pattern can lead to the formation of new cells in the degenerated discs.