Dr. Kasprack sees many patients weekly in our busy Clarksdale, Hernando, Horn Lake & Olive Branch chiropractic office who are looking for relief from the discomfort and suffering they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research confirms that chiropractic adjustments is an effective way to treat herniated disc pain.
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 reported that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.
During the course of the research study, the individuals were treated using one of two common chiropractic practices: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the low back.
Each person was seen four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the rest of the study. Depending on the severity of the disc herniation, therapy ranged 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 researchers found that 80 percent of the participants obtained a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced discomfort and a reduction in other issues, such as numbness. Also, 77% of these people 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 employment 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 Dr. Kasprack in Clarksdale, Hernando, Horn Lake & Olive Branch, contact our office today to see what chiropractic therapy 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.