Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation sees many patients weekly in our busy Harrisburg chiropractic office who are searching for relief from the discomfort and agony they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research verifies that chiropractic therapy is a successful way to treat herniated disc pain.
One particular 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 men and women reported 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 period, the subjects were managed using one of two common chiropractic practices: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the people who had herniation issues in the low back.
Each individual was seen 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 severity of the disc herniation, treatment ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at a variety of stages to determine what impact, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.
The researchers reported that 80 percent of the patients enjoyed a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced discomfort and a reduction in other symptoms, such as numbness. Additionally, 77% of these men and women 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 authors to conclude that chiropractic care is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.
If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Harrisburg, 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.