“There’s a disc herniation in your spine.” does not have to scare you. Conservative care helps lessen pain and even reduce the disc herniation. Surgery isn’t always required. Conservative care appeared to reduce disc herniation and its related back pain. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic utilizes gentle spinal manipulation as part of the overall Augusta chiropractic treatment plan.
DISC HERNIATIONS RESORB, GO AWAY, WITH CONSERVATIVE CARE: 70.39% WITHIN 6 MONTHS
A new 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 revealed that the overall resorption rate was 70.39%. By disc type, resorption rates varied from 13.33% to 87.77%. The resorption rate 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. (In the US, the resorption rate was 61.66%.) The report stated that the resorption process primarily occurred within 6 months of conservative treatment. (1) Another study regarding patient clinical outcomes in one care center were evaluated for response to treatment of giant lumbar disc herniations. 41% of these patients’ "giant lumbar" discs showed resorption within 6 months, 37% in 6-12 months, and 32% after a year. The range of time for resorption was 1 month to 8 years. 59% of those who underwent 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 nerve damage or cauda equina syndrome, conservative care was preferred since resorption was more likely with these disc protrusions that were in the spinal canal. (2) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic concurs that when there is no sign 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 Augusta back pain and neck pain patients with disc herniations often get relief and a decrease in their fear of their disc herniation and its effect 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 illustrates how he used The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a patient with a large disc herniation.
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