Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic cares for Augusta neck pain patients due to cervical spine disc herniations that trigger arm pain radiculopathy. Non-surgical care of arm pain radiculopathy helps Augusta neck pain and arm pain sufferers experience some relief without surgery.
In managing for cervical spine-related arm pain known as cervical radiculopathy, research guidelines describe conservative management as a first-line treatment option over surgery. Clinically, cervical radiculopathy can pose as numbness, paresthesia, motor change, reflex change and/or sensory change. Researchers have been working to establish guidelines for its non-surgical management and treatment at different stages of pain including acute, subacute, and chronic. (1) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic uses such guidelines in planning non-surgical treatment for our Augusta chiropractic patients.
GUIDELINES FOR TREATING CERVICAL DISC HERNIATIONS
In reporting the non-surgical guidelines, researchers described the risk-benefit ratio for surgical treatment of cervical radiculopathy as less beneficial than for non-surgical, conservative care. When studying the care of cervical radiculopathy through its phases, the non-surgical interventions’ guidelines shift from acute/more passive care to chronic/more active, individualized, self-managed care. Specifically, for the acute stage, multimodal management including spinal manipulation, patient education, exercise, and positioning that relieves the pain were beneficial. For subacute cervical radiculopathy, increased specific exercises, supervised motor control motions and/or mobilization may be added. For chronic pain, general aerobic exercise and strength training, postural instruction, and ergonomic assessment of job-related activities may be added}29}. (2) We know that our neck and arm pain patients appreciate activities like this that allow them to return to living.
TIME AND THE CERVICAL DISC HERNIATION
Overall, in a recent systematic review study, 56.4% of degenerative cervical radiculopathy patients - 39.1% of conservatively treated patients and 60.5% of surgically treated patients – recorded motor deficits prior to treatment. (3) A spine surgeon presented a case report of a patient headed for cervical spine discectomy/fusion surgery for a C4-C5 disc herniation whose repeated MRI showed that the disc had resorbed, rendering surgery needless. The researcher conceded that more research was accessible on lumbar disc herniations’ decreasing as seen on MRI by 34.7% to 95% over 6 to 17 months and total resolution of the disc in 43% to 75% yet postulated that cervical disc herniations were likely to do the same. (4) Like the author, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic holds out hope for our cervical disc herniation and cervical radiculopathy patients that surgery may not be required. Our conservative Augusta chiropractic treatment may well help healing.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Umar Ellahie on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes cervical radiculopathy and its relieving care with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
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