“There’s a disc herniation in your spine.” does not have to strike fear in you.
Conservative care helps lessen pain and even
reduce the disc herniation. Surgery is not always required.
Conservative care has been shown to reduce
disc herniation and its associated back pain. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic utilizes
gentle spinal manipulation as part of the general McHenry
chiropractic care treatment plan.
DISC HERNIATIONS RESORB, GO AWAY, WITH
CONSERVATIVE CARE: 70.39% WITHIN 6 MONTHS
A recent research meta-analysis report, the top-level
review of medical literature on a given topic, reported
on the spontaneous resorption of a lumbar disc herniation with conservative
treatment. In 31 studies, the researchers found that the overall
resorption rate was 70.39%. By type of disc, resorption rates
varied from 13.33% to 87.77%. The rate
of resorption was greater for a ruptured, non-contained disc (fragment) than a contained disc. Resorption rates varied by country from
60.68% in China to 83.52% in Korea. (The US resorption
rate was 61.66%.) The report stated that the resorption
process primarily occurred within 6 months of
conservative treatment. (1) Another study of patient clinical
outcomes in a single care center were analyzed
for response to treatment of giant lumbar disc herniations. 41% of these
patients’ "giant lumbar" discs appeared on imaging to have resorbed within 6 months, 37% in 6-12 months, and 32% after 12
months. The timespan for resorption was 1 month to 8
years. 59% of those who went through conservative care had more
than 30% resorption. 25% experienced greater than 50% resorption. The
authors of this study wrote that as long as there is no sign of
progressive neurological deficit or cauda equina syndrome,
conservative care was preferred as resorption was
more probable with these disc protrusions that extended into the spinal canal. (2)
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic agrees that in the
absence of nerve injury and/or cauda equina symptoms, conservative
treatment - like our gentle, safe chiropractic spinal manipulation - is helpful.
Starting with the initial, complete examination of symptoms to
the care at every visit, our McHenry back
pain and neck pain patients with disc herniations often find
relief and a decrease in their fear of their disc
herniation and its impact on their life.
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr Coleman Cormier on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how he used The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help
a patient with a large disc herniation.
Schedule your McHenry chiropractic
appointment soon. We’re here to reduce
your fear of a disc herniation and help you realize back pain and neck pain relief!
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