Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Treats Disc Herniation Pain07/26/2022Disc herniations cause back pain and leg pain for some. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc welcomes those disc herniation pain patients. Gentle, relieving treatment without surgery is what we offer. Fort Wayne back pain patients find relief when they find us! DISC HERNIATION: Size, Weight, Sleep What matters when a disc causes back pain? Its size? Its weight? Its effect on quality of life? Spinal researchers have generated data and described that how the painful disc appears on imaging doesn’t really matter. The size and shape of an intervertebral spinal disc’s protruded nucleus pulposus has no tie to a patient’s clinical presentation or symptomatology or how a patient feels. (1) The weight of a disc fragment did not correlate with the amount of time the symptoms lasted or severity of pre- or post-operative leg pain nor post-operative leg pain or back pain improvement, the percent of space the disc occupied in the spinal canal, herniation classification, or vertebral level. The size of the lumbar disc herniation did not have much effect on patient outcomes. (2) Chronic lower back pain and sciatica due to lumbar disc herniation negatively affected sleep quality. Treatment benefitted patient perception of pain in visual analog scale (VAS) scores as well as in the PSQI Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index scores. (3) Relieving chiropractic treatment of a pain-producing disc involves reducing the risk of recurrent back pain episodes as well as reducing the pain of the current episode. MANAGING BACK PAIN AND RISK OF ITS RECURRENCE Once you have felt back pain related to a disc herniation, you do not want it again! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc gets that and shares that managing - as conservatively as possible - the disc herniation is more accurate than curing it. 6.05% of lumbar discectomy surgery patients had a re-current disc herniation. What prompted this? On their own, factors like age, BMI, current smoking status, heavy lifting, degenerative facet joint disease, operation time, and the ambulation time after surgery affected the risk of recurrent disc herniation. Combined, older age, male sex, high body mass index (BMI), and early ambulation were significant factors in the recurrence or a lumbar disc herniation. Managing weight, not lifting heavy items, and exercising were proposed risk reducers. (4) One new study reported that the amount of sedentary time probably did not increase the chance of a new episode of low back pain as much as the amount and type of physical activity. (5) Pain relief happens more as a roller coaster than a straight hill to pain relief. A disc herniation is like a bruise on an apple making the apple (and by comparison, the spine) never quite the same again. That’s where Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc comes in with a treatment plan that makes sure you understand the disc herniation, how to feed it nutritionally, how to get it back to being strong with exercise and keeping it that way, and how to perform activities of daily living to avert (re)injury. A newer systematic review of approaches to managing back pain listed 10 approaches: manipulation/mobilization, psychological/behavioral, advice to stay active/bed rest, reassurance, antidepressants, NSAIDS, opioids, muscle relaxants, and paracetamol. (6) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc promotes walking, moving, careful lifting, and especially being treated with gentle, safe, effective Cox® Technic spinal manipulation! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Robert Patterson on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the realistic expectations back pain patients can expect with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now. Disc herniation sufferers are invited to our practice for relief and a plan for controlling its future impact on life. « 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."