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Chiropractic Relieves Disc Herniation Related Pain Often Without MRI

MRIs are cool. They display some amazing images of the body. Chiropractors like looking at spinal MRI images. Why? The spine is your St. Francisville chiropractor’s realm! Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville appreciates the MRI image study for what it is: a tool. 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 most recent news.

The Usefulness of MRI

When a St. Francisville patient’s back pain, neck pain, arm pain or leg pain symptoms indicate the need for an MRI, Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville requests one for such a St. Francisville back pain patient. MRI may supplement your St. Francisville chiropractor’s clinical knowledge of the condition oftentimes (but not always!).  Pre-treatment and post-MRI images are intriguing. Did the disc herniation reduce now that the pain left? St. Francisville chiropractic patients will often ask that of Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville. 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 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. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is well aware that our St. Francisville back pain patients wonder!

Knowing that doctors and patients find MRI images a curiosity when there is back pain and leg pain, a group of researchers planned to determine if MRI is of value in determining how treatment outcomes will be for patients who had a herniated lumbar disc with sciatica. They speculated whether MRI could help determine whether to do back surgery now or stay the course with conservative care. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville and the St. Francisville 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 type 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 the two groups – surgical and conservative. (1) Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville sees similar reports increasingly 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 vs. surgical for back pain due to spinal stenosis (2) and 69% vs. 61% surgical vs. non-surgical for sciatica (3).

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville Offers Chiropractic Non-Surgical Care of Disc Herniation

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville invites you to make a St. Francisville chiropractic appointment today. Trust Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville to provide evidence-based chiropractic care that relieves your spine pain many times without an MRI. Together, we can create a non-surgical (and even potentially non-MRI!) treatment plan to alleviate your back pain.

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