What to choose for Disc Herniations – Drugs or Chiropractic Treatment?

Disc herniations (also known as disc extrusions, slipped discs, disc bulges) unfortunately are a common problem and can lead to debilitating pain like back pain, neck pain etc. Pain in the extremities is called radicular pain and can be caused by a disc herniation that is affecting a nerve root. Radicular pain can also result in numbness, tingling, burning, or muscle cramps.

People who suffer from possible disc herniations usually visit their primary care physician. Your primary care doctor will examine you and probably have you get a MRI. If the MRI shows a disc herniation you are often sent to an orthopedic specialist and injections/drugs may be recommended as a treatment option. Last year over 9 million injections were administrated in the United States, which is roughly 25,000 per day. 

Many people are not aware that these drugs are only effective about 50% of the time (according to Columbia University Neurosurgery Department). They are also not aware there are substantial risks. The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found every injection increases risk of a vertebral fracture by 21% (in the lumbar spine).  

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As a matter of a fact, a recent research article compared the effectiveness of chiropractic care from disc pain through spinal manipulation to nerve root injections for symptomatic disc herniation’s. It was found: “A systematic review of the literature done the next year concluded that spinal manipulation is a very safe and cost-effective option to treat lumbar disc herniation” and “Both of the treatment groups had significant decreases in their NRS scores at 1 month with a 60% reduction for the Spinal Manipulative Therapy cohort and a 53% reduction for the Nerve Root Injection group.” In this study, spinal manipulative therapy (the hallmark of chiropractic care) provided greater relief than the injections.

Some doctors are beginning to embrace the overwhelming research of chiropractic care for disc herniation in Dickson and elsewhere; however, there are still other physicians who are reluctant. If you or someone you know is suffering from a disc herniation, it would be in your best interest to consider all your options, including chiropractic care in Dickson, TN.

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