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Healthy News January 2024 Disc Size Doesnt Necessarily Matter & 4 Ways To Ease Chronic Pain

image of lumbar Fort Wayne disc herniation 

DISC SIZE DOESN’T (necessarily) MATTER!

Now there is a twist on new year’s resolutions of dieting to downsize! In the world of back pain and neck pain, a small disc is not really pain-free. Surprised? If you have a small disc and pain, you are not! What matters is (1) how much mechanical pressure the disc protrusion is placing on the nerve root and/or (2) how much chemical irritation is involved if an extruded disc’s inner gel-like material has left the anular fibers that surround it and now encircles the spinal nerve(s) which has (have) never touched each other before. Nerves hurt when this new chemical irritant comes in! A tiny disc extrusion can cause a great amount of pain if chemical irritation is part of the problem. A huge disc protrusion may not cause pain at all if it doesn’t contact a spinal nerve. (1-7) A 2023 published study just concluded that the size of a disc protrusion did not show a significant relationship to pain and function. (8) If you or a loved one or friend is beginning 2024 with Fort Wayne back pain with or without sciatic leg pain or neck pain with or without arm pain radiculopathy, come visit Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc for some Fort Wayne pain relief with gentle, safe chiropractic Cox® Technic care!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Timothy Gagan on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient suffering with back and leg pain because of a disc herniation.              

picture  of Fort Wayne chiropractic tips to decrease chronic pain: understanding, acknowledging emotions, undergoing manipulation, exercising 

Fort Wayne CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: 4 Ways to Reduce Chronic Pain In 2024

As researchers and healthcare professionals work toward establishing practice guidelines (ex: WHO) in managing chronic pain (back, neck, etc.), they’re studying influencing factors that chronic pain sufferers and their caregivers ought to address for optimal clinical outcomes:

  1. Understand the condition. A clear grasp of the chronic primary low back pain condition via education/advice was related to beneficial developments in pain, function, quality of life, and psychological outcomes. (9)
  2. Consider emotional influences. Adverse childhood events were found to be significantly related to chronic pain and pain-related disability as an adult. (10)
  3. Undergo spinal manipulation. A review of nonpharmacological pain management methods chosen by Medicare patients found that manipulative therapies, mainly chiropractic, have been the most extensively investigated methods. (11) Cox® Technic flexion-distraction - as we utilize in our chiropractic practice – benefitted a 67-year-old veteran who experienced chronic low back pain and intermittent lower extremity pain for many decades find overall improvement in his condition, decrease use of pain medication, and gain mobility after 4 sessions over a 4-week period. (12)
  4. Exercise. Structured exercise programs were shown to decrease pain and functional limitation in chronic low back pain patients. (13)
Only do any of these after we have a talk first! 

Make 2024 your year for pain relief! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is ready to be your Fort Wayne chiropractic partner in this project. See you soon!

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