Posts Categorized as: Disc Herniation
Full Motion Chiropractic sees many people weekly in our busy Hopkins chiropractic office who are searching for relief from the pain and agony they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research verifies that chiropractic care is a great way to treat herniated disc problems.
One particular research project involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The individuals documented that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory issues bad enough to keep them off work.
During the course of the research period, the participants were managed using one of two common chiropractic practices: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the lumbar area.
Each person was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Based on the seriousness of the disc herniation, therapy varied anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at a variety of stages to determine what effect, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.
The authors found that 80 percent of the patients enjoyed a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other symptoms, such as numbness. Furthermore, 77 percent of these people also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study participants being able to return to their place of work and led the researchers to conclude that chiropractic care is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.
If you have a herniated disc and you're near Full Motion Chiropractic in Hopkins, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.
Most of us suffer from lower back pain at some point in our lives. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Full Motion Chiropractic and Dr. Adam Sagedahl see many back and neck pain cases in our Hopkins, MN office, and we've found that chiropractic care is an effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also a great way to prevent future episodes.
A recent article from the University of Utah confirms what our Hopkins patients have reported: Dr. Adam Sagedahl is the best first option for an episode of back pain.
In this paper, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each person was evaluated based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, a physiatrist (also known as a rehabilitation physician), or a physical therapist.
What the authors found is that the men and women who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.
Other studies have found the same results. A 2012 study found that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.
Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Full Motion Chiropractic and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.
If you live near our Hopkins office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 for an appointment.
Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).
Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.
The latest statistics show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have back surgery, the reality is that if you can avoid this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.
Full Motion Chiropractic is here to make sure that patients in Hopkins have a natural, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many patients recover from back pain without the need for surgery.
There are countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical treatments: Surgeries often result in a longer recuperation time and complications, neither of which is an acceptable scenario. Luckily, as one study has found, chiropractic care may actually keep you out of the operating room altogether!
In this paper, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were evaluated over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having back surgery. For those who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!
These findings mean that chiropractic care can help you recover from back pain without surgery.
If you live in the Hopkins area, Dr. Adam Sagedahl at Full Motion Chiropractic can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 for more information or an appointment.
Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.
Unfortunately, a large number of our Hopkins patients are familiar with the pain caused by a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Adam Sagedahl has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of medical studies have verified that chiropractic care can help people recover from this kind of problem.
Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations
In one study, a group of doctors from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were dealing with pain in their low back and legs due to a disc herniation (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each person then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the area of his or her disc problem.
Data was obtained after the initial treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to ascertain what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to resolving this particular condition. Among the information obtained was the individual's self-reported changes in both lumbar and leg pain.
The authors found that, overall, the study participants reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the patients claimed 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 percent one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive effect that was found in the following case study.
Case Study Results
In this report, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the low 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 enjoying relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.
Studies like these show how helpful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and relieving the symptoms they cause. So, if you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic might be an effective solution.
Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Hopkins office a call today at (612) 655-3073 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.
We've helped many patients in Hopkins, MN over the years who were plagued by back problems, and some of those patients had been diagnosed with a herniated disc. Earlier research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can be an excellent way to relieve the pain of disc herniation in the lumbar spine and other studies have shown that it can relieve herniations in the neck, too.
Now a new case report improves our understanding of the benefits of chiropractic for disc herniations. This study focuses on a 45-year-old woman who had a 2-year history of "chronic mild low back pain and right buttock pain." The patient described a worsening of the radicular pain down her right leg, and also experienced occasional tingling in her right foot. These are all signs of neurological complications, and are serious symptoms.
The patient sought help from a chiropractic physician, who managed the patient with chiropractic adjustments and "advanced myofascial release therapy." The therapy consisted of 2 weeks of adjustments and an extra month of exercise and rehabilitation.
The patient reported a "significant improvement in her low back pain and radiculopathy. In addition, she achieved some improvement in balance."
This article reinforces what we see in our Hopkins, MN practice: chiropractic care is great for decreasing the discomfort of disc herniations without drugs or risky surgery.
If you are suffering from persistent back pain, chiropractic can help you. Give our office a call at (612) 655-3073 today for a consultation. We're conveniently located in Hopkins, MN for all of your chiropractic care.
Alagha B. Chiropractic and rehabilitation management of a patient with extraforaminal entrapment of L4 nerve with balance problem. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 2014;Nov 11.
Report shows that 90% of people with herniated discs improve with chiropractic adjustments. If you reside in Hopkins, MN and have been diagnosed with a herniated disc or chronic back pain, call Dr. Sagedahl today at (612) 655-3073 for an appointment.
Dr. Sagedahl has helped many people in Hopkins, MN recover from back pain, and a recent research study reinforces what we've seen in our practice: researchers carried out a study of 148 people with MRI-confirmed lumbar disc herniation causing back pain, sciatica, and radiating leg symptoms. Many patients (79) dealt with from chronic lumbar disc herniation lasting more than three months. Thirty seven subjects had disc herniations for less than a month at the start of the study.
All of the patients received chiropractic care based upon the needs of each individual. After fourteen days, 70% of the subjects had significant improvements in pain and disability; and at three months, 90% had substantial gains. Even better, the healing was retained by patients, with over 80% of individuals reporting improvement at the one-year mark.
If you reside or work near Hopkins, MN, you need to know that you do not have to endure disc herniations or any other type of back pain. Dr. Sagedahl is here for you. To see if we can help you, give our clinic a call at (612) 655-3073 today for an appointment or consultation.
Lee, Serafin. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniation receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics 2014.37(3):155-163.