Chiropractic Treatment for a Lumbar Herniated Disc at North Phoenix and North Scottsdale Chiropractic Center.
Low back pain accounts for one-third of all orthopedic outpatient visits, and usually is related to problems with the lumbar disc. A recent study from the department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rui Jin Hospital, Shanghai, China reports patients with herniated disc were admitted for manipulative treatment. Of these 76.8% had satisfactory results indicating that spinal manipulation can be an effective treatment for a herniated disc. In a review of literature side posture manipulation for a lumbar intervertebral herniated disc was found to be both safe and effective. The results in a study reported on in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shown that 80% of the patients with a herniated disc had a good clinical outcome with postcare scores. After repeat MRI scans, 63% of the patients studied revealed a reduced size or completely resorbed disc herniation.
It has been my experience over the past 30 years that patients with nerve entrapment from a herniated disc often respond best to manipulative techniques that are gentle and maintain the lumbar lordosis. Most patients can expect significant improvement with 4-6 weeks of therapy here with the leg pain following shortly. If a patient has nerve damage such as foot drop and altered sensations in the lower extremity recovery may take longer.
Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc Treatment
As a North Phoenix Chiropractor I have found using a flexion distraction table to decompress the herniated disc combined with side posture has yielded the best results in our office. Many times using acupuncture in combination with the Vertebral Distraction Pump has yielded superior results for a herniated disc. Understanding spinal mechanics where the herniated disc may occur helps in directing the correct treatment plan. Most of the time MRI’s have been proven to be reliable sources in defining the severity and location of the herniated disc. Using the techniques described will increase the interval between the vertebral bodies, thus enlarging the space into which the protrusion must recede. Adjusting the spine with side posture then can add to the alignment and functional status taking more pressure of the impinged nerve by the herniated disc. Herniated disc treatment exercises includes teaching our patients correct postural mechanics as well as focusing on increasing the core stability and functional capacity of the low back can help in prevention of further episodes.
this article on herniated disc is informational and not to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition