Chiropractic Reduces Disc Herniation Related Pain Often Without MRI

MRIs are fascinating. MRIs display pretty pictures of the body. Chiropractors like looking at spinal MRI images. Why? The spine is where chiropractors like your Lynchburg chiropractor live day in and day out. Palmer Chiropractic Center values the MRI image study for what it is: a a piece of the diagnostic puzzle. But MRIs are not always a clinical necessity. Can MRI help decide whether a surgical or non-surgical approach is appropriate for back pain relief? Read on for the latest findings.

The Usefulness of MRI

When a Lynchburg patient’s back pain, neck pain, arm pain or leg pain symptoms denote the demand for an MRI, Palmer Chiropractic Center arranges one for such a Lynchburg back pain patient. MRI may supplement your Lynchburg chiropractor’s clinical perception of the condition oftentimes (but not always!).  Pre-treatment and post-MRI studies are interesting. Did the disc herniation reduce now that the pain disappeared? Lynchburg chiropractic patients will often ask that of Palmer Chiropractic Center. And researchers will examine MRIs for their research studies on just such a question.

The Curiosity of MRI

Researchers aren’t the only ones who curiously examine MRI images of low back pain sufferers to ascertain if there is any correlation between pain and no pain and the MRI pre and post treatment for back pain. Patients wonder, too. Palmer Chiropractic Center knows our Lynchburg back pain patients wonder!

Knowing that doctors and patients find MRI images a curiosity when there is back pain and leg pain, a group of researchers set out to determine if MRI is of value in determining how treatment outcomes will be for patients with sciatic leg pain due to a herniated lumbar disc. They questioned if MRI could help determine whether to do back surgery now or stay the course with conservative care. Palmer Chiropractic Center and the Lynchburg chiropractic low back pain patients we care for would love such a simple indicator! Study participants were randomly sent to surgical care or a course of prolonged conservative care. Two findings – a disc extrusion and nerve root compression on MRI in patients with less severe leg pain – suggested a satisfactory outcome with either form of care. Another interesting finding:  the size of the disc herniation at the beginning of caredid not affect the outcome. There was no significant difference in outcomes between the two groups – surgical and conservative. (1) Palmer Chiropractic Center sees similar reports increasingly in the back pain research.  Remember the Atlas studies of surgical and non-surgical interventions for back pain and sciatica? There wasn’t much variation in those landmark studies either: 50% vs. 53% non-surgical versus surgical for back pain due to spinal stenosis (2) and 69% versus 61% surgical versus non-surgical for sciatica (3).

Palmer Chiropractic Center Offers Chiropractic Non-Surgical Care of Disc Herniation

Palmer Chiropractic Center encourages you to make a Lynchburg chiropractic appointment today. Trust Palmer Chiropractic Center to provide evidence-based chiropractic care that relieves your spine pain many times without an MRI. Together, we can create a non-surgical (and even potentially non-MRI!) treatment plan to reduce your back pain.

Schedule your Lynchburg chiropractic appointment today.

 
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