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Chiropractic Care Effective for Herniated Disc Problems

Hopkins, Minnetonka chiropractic disc herniation treatmentUnfortunately, 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.

References

  • 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.
 

Disc Herniation Pain Eased with Chiropractic

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.

 

Hopkins, MN Herniated Disc Treatment

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.

References:

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.