By Frank E. Kaden, D.C. Chiropractic, Inc.
Unfortunately, many of our Redondo Beach patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Kaden has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of medical studies have confirmed that chiropractic care can help people recover from this kind of condition.
Research on Herniated Discs and Chiropractic
In one study, researchers from Switzerland recruited 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 person then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the location of his or her disc herniation.
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 data collected was the individual’s self-reported changes in both back 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 individuals 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% one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive result that was found in the following case study.
Case Study Shows that Chiropractic Benefits Chronic Disc Herniation Symptoms
In this report, 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 endured these issues for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his herniated disc was confirmed via MRI.
After receiving chiropractic care, “The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment.” In addition, the patient was still experiencing 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 can be an effective solution.
Don’t suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Redondo Beach office a call today at (310) 251-0862 for a consultation or appointment.
- 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.