Unfortunately, quite a few of our Mid-Wilshire, LA patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. Fortunately, Dr. Joseph Hakimi has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of scientific studies have verified that chiropractic can help people recover from this kind of condition.
Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations
In one study, specialists from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were suffering with pain in their low back and legs due to a herniated disc (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each individual then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the location of his or her disc problem.
Data was obtained after the preliminary treatment session at set intervals–namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year–to establish what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to treating this particular problem. Among the information collected was the person’s self-reported changes in both back and leg pain.
Investigators 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 study participants stated that their pain “improved” within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.
Even those people who were defined as “chronic” still claimed 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 suffered with these symptoms for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his herniated disc was confirmed via MRI.
After receiving chiropractic, “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 produce. So, if you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc and wish to find some relief, chiropractic might be an effective solution.
Don’t suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Mid-Wilshire, LA office a call today at (213) 984-4575 for a consultation or appointment.
- 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.