ChiroWerx sees many people weekly in our busy Charlotte, NC chiropractic office who are trying to find relief from the discomfort and issues they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical literature confirms that chiropractic adjustments is a great way to treat herniated disc problems.
One particular research study 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 people documented that they were experiencing pain, diminished range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.
Over the course of the research study, the subjects were managed using one of two common chiropractic techniques: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the people who had herniation issues in the low back.
Each man or woman was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times each week, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Depending on the severity of the disc herniation, treatment 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 investigators reported that 80 percent of the participants enjoyed a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced discomfort and a reduction in other issues, such as numbness. Additionally, 77 percent of these subjects also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78% of the study participants being able to return to their place of employment and led the researchers to conclude that chiropractic adjustments is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.
If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near ChiroWerx in Charlotte, NC, contact our office today to see what chiropractic care 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.