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Chiropractic care can significantly improve pain in patients suffering from cervical disc herniation

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Chiropractic_Disc_Herniation_wikiIn 2013, there were a number of chiropractic studies that were reported and a number of them cited progress made in regards to possible treatment options for various ailments that individuals could benefit from through their chiropractor. One of those studies was on achieving pain relief related to Cervical disc herniation ridiculopathy through traditional spinal adjustments.

This research was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and it showed that chiropractic care can significantly improve pain in patients suffering from cervical disc herniation.

Patients experiencing this type of neck pain can experience numbness, tingling, and pain that travels from their neck down into their arm. They can even lose coordination and strength in their hands. These are classic symptoms of cervical radiculopathy and they are the direct result of compression on the nerve root at the lower section of the neck. This compression causes pain to follow the nerve pathway that goes into the arm.

Disc herniation is one of the most common causes of cervical radiculopathy.However, there are only a few studies that have analyzed how effective conservative care by a chiropractor is. In the new study, researchers studied and reported the effects that care from a chiropractor has on patients suffering from radiculopathy resulting from disc herniation.

In the study, 50 patients with cervical radiculopathy resulting from a cervical herniated disc, were treated by chiropractors who simply performed spinal adjustments to the area that MRI scans showed to be affected. In just two weeks, 55.3 percent of the patients showed improvement. This number increased to 68.9 percent at one month and that increased to 85.7 percent at 3 months. The patients experiencing acute pain at the beginning of the study showed a greater chance of recovery compared to those with chronic or sub-acute pain. Despite this difference in results due to the different pain types, those suffering from chronic or sub-acute pain did see significant improvements.

In conclusion, many patients in the study, including the chronic and sub-acute patients who were treated with spinal manipulative therapy by a chiropractor, reported significant improvement and there were no adverse side effects or events after treatment. This is a finding that is clinically important because patients experiencing chronic pain typically cost the health care industry more and their quality of life is disrupted. By discovering what works, more individuals can experience pain relief and the financial burden on all involved can be relieved.

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