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Fort Wayne Disc Herniations Can Go Away

October 10, 2023

“You have a disc herniation.” doesn’t have to scare you. Conservative care helps reduce pain and even shrink the disc herniation. Surgery is not always required. Conservative care has been demonstrated to reduce disc herniation and its related back pain. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc uses gentle spinal manipulation as part of the general Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan.


A recent research meta-analysis report, the top-level review of medical literature on a given topic, detailed the spontaneous resorption of a lumbar disc herniation with conservative treatment. In 31 studies, the researchers found that the overall resorption rate was 70.39%. By type of disc, resorption rates ranged from 13.33% to 87.77%. The frequency of resorption was greater for a ruptured, non-contained disc (fragment) than a contained disc. Resorption rates varied by country from 60.68% in China to 83.52% in Korea. (The US resorption rate was 61.66%.) The report said that the resorption process primarily happened within 6 months of conservative treatment. (1) Another study of patient clinical outcomes in one treatment center were analyzed for response to care of giant lumbar disc herniations. 41% of these patients’ "giant lumbar" discs appeared on imaging to have resorbed within 6 months, 37% in 6-12 months, and 32% after 12 months. The range of time for resorption was 1 month to 8 years. 59% of those who went through conservative care had greater than 30% resorption. 25% experienced greater than 50% resorption. The authors of this study wrote that as long as there is no sign of progressive nerve damage or cauda equina syndrome, conservative care was favored since resorption was more probable with these disc protrusions that extended into the spinal canal. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc agrees that when there is no sign of nerve injury and/or cauda equina symptoms, conservative treatment - like our gentle, safe chiropractic spinal manipulation - is helpful. Starting with the initial, complete examination of symptoms to the care at every visit, our Fort Wayne back pain and neck pain patients with disc herniations often get relief and a decrease in their fear of their disc herniation and its effect on their life.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr Coleman Cormier on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates how he used The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a patient with a large disc herniation.

Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now. We’re here to lessen your fear of a disc herniation and help you realize back pain and neck pain relief!

Fort Wayne chiropractic conservative care helps even huge disc herniations go away