Chiropractic Care Effective for Herniated Disc Problems

Unfortunately, quite a few of our Fairmount Heights patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Naenifard has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of research studies have confirmed that chiropractic care can help people recover from this kind of condition.

Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations

In one report, doctors from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were suffering with pain in their lower back and legs due to a disc herniation (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each individual then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the area of his or her disc problem.

Data was gathered after the initial treatment session at set intervals–namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year–to determine what kind of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to treating this particular condition. Among the information gathered was the person’s self-reported changes in both lumbar and leg pain.

Investigators found that, overall, the patients reported “significant improvement” for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the study participants reported that their pain “improved” within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.

Even those test subjects who were defined as “chronic” still reported an improvement in pain at a rate of 89 percent one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive effect that was found in the following case study.

Case Study Shows that Chiropractic Benefits Chronic Disc Herniation Symptoms

In this study, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the lower back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had suffered with these problems for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his disc herniation was confirmed via MRI.

After receiving chiropractic, “The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment.” Furthermore, the patient was still enjoying relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how useful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and treating the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic can be an effective solution.

Don’t suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Fairmount Heights office a call today at (301) 925-2013 for a consultation or appointment.

References

  • Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, Anklin B, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3):155-163.
  • Polkinghorn BS, Colloca CJ. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998;21(3):187-196.
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