Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Cares for Cervical Disc Herniations and Related Radiculopathy08/23/2022Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc welcomes Fort Wayne neck pain patients with cervical spine disc herniations that trigger arm pain radiculopathy. Non-surgical care of arm pain radiculopathy helps Fort Wayne neck pain and arm pain sufferers find some relief without surgery. CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY In setting up a treatment plan for for cervical spine-related arm pain (aka cervical radiculopathy), research guidelines state conservative management as a first-line treatment option over surgery. Clinically, cervical radiculopathy can pose as numbness, paresthesia, motor change, reflex change and/or sensory change. Researchers have been collaborating to set guidelines for its non-surgical management and treatment at various stages of pain including acute, subacute, and chronic. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc considers such guidelines in planning non-surgical treatment for our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients. GUIDELINES FOR TREATING CERVICAL DISC HERNIATIONS In writing the non-surgical guidelines, researchers explained the risk-benefit ratio for surgical treatment of cervical radiculopathy as less favorable than for non-surgical, conservative care. When studying the care of cervical radiculopathy through its stages, the non-surgical interventions’ guidelines shift from more passive care in the acute phase to chronic/more active, individualized, self-managed care. Particularly, for the acute stage, multimodal management involving spinal manipulation, patient education, exercise, and positioning that relieves the pain were effective. For subacute cervical radiculopathy, increased specific exercises, supervised motor control motions and/or mobilization may be added. In the chronic phase, patients may benefit from general aerobic exercise and strength training, postural instruction, and ergonomic assessment of job-related activities, general aerobic exercise and strength training, postural instruction, and ergonomic assessment of job-related activities may be added}29}. (2) We find that our neck and arm pain patients appreciate activities like this that get them back to living. TIME AND THE CERVICAL DISC HERNIATION Overall, in one systematic review study, 56.4% of degenerative cervical radiculopathy patients - 39.1% of conservatively treated patients and 60.5% of surgically treated patients – recorded motor deficits before treatment. (3) A spine surgeon described a case report of a patient who was ready to undergo cervical spine discectomy/fusion surgery for a C4-C5 disc herniation whose disc resorbed on a confirming repeat MRI, making surgery needless. The researcher acknowledged that more research was accessible on the decrease of lumbar disc herniations seen on MRI by 34.7% to 95% over 6 to 17 months and total resolution of the disc in 43% to 75% yet postulated that cervical disc herniations were likely to do the same. (4) Like the author, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc holds out hope for our cervical disc herniation and cervical radiculopathy patients that surgery may not be necessary. Our conservative Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment will quite possibly help in relieving the symptoms and pain. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Umar Ellahie on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates cervical radiculopathy and its relieving care with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now. Cervical radiculopathy and cervical disc herniation sufferers experience a pain-relieving partner at our office. « View All Featured Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."