Study Presented In The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Shows Effective Treatment of Herniated Discs

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Study Presented In The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Shows Effective Treatment of Herniated Discs

The proportion of patients reporting clinically relevant improvement in this current study is surprisingly good, with nearly 70% of patients improved as early as 2 weeks after the start of treatment. By 3 months, this figure was up to 90.5% and then stabilized at 6 months and 1 year.

Many Americans become disabled as a result of a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. It can be quite painful as well as causing sciatica. The goal is to restore the natural spacing between the vertebra so that the bulging disc can be drawn back in place. The study presented In The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 148 patients with low back pain, leg pain, and physically examined abnormalities consistent with lumbar disc herniations. All patients in this study had back pain and moderate to severe leg pain, and an MRI proven lateral disc herniation at the corresponding symptomatic spinal segment. At the end of 3 months over 90% of participants reported significant improvement in their condition. Interestingly this is nearly 3 times the success rate of spinal injections.

A large percentage of acute and importantly chronic lumbar disc herniation patients treated with chiropractic spinal manipulation reported clinically relevant improvement with no adverse events reported. These results are very impressive and support a non-invasive approach to herniated disc treatment. Not every Chiropractor is the same. Some of them graduate from chiropractic college and do not aggressively upgrade their education, and some of them continue to seek advanced degrees and certifications.
Reference:
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics March/April 2014; Vol. 37; No. 3; pp. 155-163

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