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Sitka Disc Herniations Can Go Away

“You have a disc herniation.” doesn’t have to scare you. Conservative care helps decrease pain and even shrink the disc herniation. Surgery isn’t always necessary. Conservative care appeared to reduce disc herniation and its associated back pain. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka uses gentle spinal manipulation as part of the overall Sitka chiropractic care treatment plan.


A recent research meta-analysis report, the top-level review of medical literature on a specific topic, reported on 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 disc type, resorption rates varied from 13.33% to 87.77%. The frequency of resorption was higher for a ruptured, non-contained disc (fragment) than a contained disc. Resorption rates differed 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 occurred within 6 months of conservative treatment. (1) Another study of patient clinical outcomes in one treatment center were evaluated for response to treatment of giant lumbar disc herniations. 41% of these patients’ "giant lumbar" discs showed resorption within 6 months, 37% in 6-12 months, and 32% after a year. The range of time for resorption was 1 month to 8 years. 59% of those who underwent conservative care had greater than 30% resorption. 25% had greater than 50% resorption. The authors of this study stated that as long as there is no sign of progressive neurological deficit or cauda equina syndrome, conservative care was favored as resorption was more probable with these disc protrusions that were in the spinal canal. (2) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka agrees that in the absence of nerve injury and/or cauda equina symptoms, conservative treatment - like our gentle, safe chiropractic spinal manipulation - is helpful. Starting with the initial, thorough examination of symptoms to the treatment at each visit, our Sitka back pain and neck pain patients with disc herniations often get relief and a reduction in their fear of a disc herniation and its impact 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.

Make your Sitka chiropractic appointment now. We’re here to lessen your fear of a disc herniation and help you find back pain and neck pain relief!

Sitka chiropractic conservative care helps even huge disc herniations go away 
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