Regrettably, quite a few of our Redondo Beach patients are familiar with the pain caused by a herniated disc all too well. Fortunately, Dr. Kaden has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of scientific studies have verified that chiropractic care can help patients recover from this kind of problem.
Research on Chiropractic and Disc Herniations
In one study, a group of doctors from Switzerland selected 148 patients who were suffering with pain in their low back and legs due to a herniated disc (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 collected after the first treatment session at set intervals–namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year–to ascertain what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to treating this particular condition. Among the data obtained was the individual’s self-reported changes in both lumbar and leg pain.
Researchers found that, as a whole, the patients reported “significant improvement” for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the individuals claimed 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 claimed 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.
Disc Herniation and Chiropractic: A Case Study
In this paper, a 26-year-old male 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 issues 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 beneficial chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and treating the symptoms they bring about. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic might be an effective solution.
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- 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.