Chiropractic Relieves Disc Herniation Related Pain Often Without MRI

MRIs are cool. They show some great images of the body. Chiropractors appreciate spinal MRI images. Why? The spine is where chiropractors like your Two Rivers chiropractor live day in and day out. Lakeshore Chiropractic appreciates 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 to use non-surgical care or surgical care for back pain relief? Read on for the latest findings.

The Usefulness of MRI

When a Two Rivers patient’s back pain, neck pain, arm pain or leg pain symptoms denote the demand for an MRI, Lakeshore Chiropractic orders one for such a Two Rivers back pain patient. MRI may supplement your Two Rivers chiropractor’s clinical understanding of the condition oftentimes (but not always!).  Pre-treatment and post-MRI images are interesting. Did the disc herniation shrink now that the pain left? Two Rivers chiropractic patients will often ask that of Lakeshore Chiropractic. And researchers will examine MRIs for their research studies on just such a query.

The Curiosity of MRI

Researchers aren’t the only ones who curiously survey MRI images of low back pain sufferers to see if there is any correlation between pain and no pain and the MRI at the beginning and end of treatment for back pain. Patients wonder, too. Lakeshore Chiropractic knows our Two Rivers back pain patients wonder!

In noticing that doctors and patients find MRI images a curiosity when there is back pain and leg pain, a group of researchers planned to determine the value of MRI in predicting treatment outcomes in patients with sciatic leg pain due to a herniated lumbar disc. They speculated whether MRI could help decide whether to do back surgery now or stay the course with conservative care. Lakeshore Chiropractic and the Two Rivers chiropractic low back pain patients we care for would love such a simple guide! 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 – indicated 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 them – surgical and conservative. (1) Lakeshore Chiropractic reads similar reports more and more in the back pain research.  Remember the Atlas studies of surgical and non-surgical interventions for back pain and sciatica? There wasn’t much difference in those classic studies either: 50% versus 53% non-surgical versus surgical for back pain due to spinal stenosis (2) and 69% versus 61% surgical vs. non-surgical for sciatica (3).

Lakeshore Chiropractic Offers Chiropractic Non-Surgical Care of Disc Herniation

Lakeshore Chiropractic invites you to make a Two Rivers chiropractic appointment today. Trust Lakeshore Chiropractic to provide evidence-based chiropractic care that alleviates your spine pain many times without an MRI. Together, we can set a non-surgical (and even potentially non-MRI!) treatment plan to reduce your back pain.

Schedule your Two Rivers chiropractic appointment now.

 
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