Regrettably, quite a few of our Schaumburg patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. Fortunately, Dr. Elahi 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 condition.
Research on Herniated Discs and Chiropractic
In one report, specialists from Switzerland selected 148 patients who were coping 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 location of his or her disc herniation.
Results were collected after the preliminary treatment session at set intervals–namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year–to ascertain what kind of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to treating this particular condition. Among the data collected was the individual’s self-reported changes in both lumbar and leg pain.
Investigators found that, as a whole, the study participants 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 patients who were defined as “chronic” still claimed 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 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 endured these problems for more than two years after sustaining an athletic injury, and his herniated disc 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 experiencing 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 relieving 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 may well 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.
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