Chiropractic Reduces Disc Herniation Related Pain Often Without MRI

MRIs are fascinating. They show some amazing images of the body. Chiropractors like looking at spinal MRI images. Why? The spine is your Preston chiropractor’s realm! Chiropractic Associates appreciates the MRI image study for what it is: a a piece of the diagnostic puzzle. But MRIs are not always clinically necessary. Can MRI help decide whether a surgical or non-surgical approach is appropriate for back pain relief? Read on for the latest findings.

The Usefulness of MRI

When a Preston patient’s back pain, neck pain, arm pain or leg pain symptoms indicate the need for an MRI, Chiropractic Associates requests one for such a Preston back pain patient. MRI may add to your Preston chiropractor’s clinical perception of the condition oftentimes (but not always!).  Pre-treatment and post-MRI images are intriguing. Did the disc herniation reduce now that the pain is gone? Preston chiropractic patients will often ask that of Chiropractic Associates. And researchers will study MRIs for their research studies on just such a question.

The Curiosity of MRI

Researchers aren’t the only ones who curiously study MRI images of low back pain sufferers to ascertain if there is any connection between pain and no pain and the MRI at the beginning and end of treatment for back pain. Patients wonder, too. Chiropractic Associates knows our Preston back pain patients wonder!

In noticing that doctors and patients dealing with back pain like MRIs, some researchers set out to determine if MRI is of value in determining how treatment outcomes will be for patients with sciatic leg pain due to a herniated lumbar disc. They questioned if MRI could help decide whether to do back surgery now or stay the course with conservative care. Chiropractic Associates and the Preston chiropractic low back pain patients we care for would love such a simple indicator! Study participants were randomized to surgery or prolonged conservative care. Two findings – a disc extrusion and nerve root compression on MRI in patients with less severe leg pain – suggested a satisfactory outcome with either form of care. Another noteworthy 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) Chiropractic Associates reads similar reports more and more in the back pain research.  Recall the Atlas studies of surgical and non-surgical interventions for back pain and sciatica? There was not much difference in those landmark studies either: 50% vs. 53% non-surgical versus surgical for back pain due to spinal stenosis (2) and 69% vs. 61% surgical versus non-surgical for sciatica (3).

Chiropractic Associates Offers Chiropractic Non-Surgical Care of Disc Herniation

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

Schedule your Preston chiropractic appointment today.

 
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