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Size of St. Francisville Disc Herniation in Canal Is Not That Important

76% of us has a disc herniation. (1) Do all 76% have back pain right now? Nope! Thank goodness! The presence of a disc herniation on imaging is not the important issue. The matter is whether that disc is producing pain either mechanically (by pressing on a nerve) or chemically (by irritating a nerve). Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville figures this out in the course of the all-important physical exam. The MRI and other imaging studies are extras that can help - or distract - the chiropractic back pain treatment approach if the doctor and patient let it. So let’s not let it! 


Some imaging studies or MRI images will illustrate huge discs in back pain sufferers who have little or no pain while back pain sufferers who are in excruciating pain may have a small disc herniation. It can be upsetting. Fortunately, research maintains that size is not everything. A study documented that there was no correlation of pain and disability with the size of a disc herniation found on MRI. (2) Another study of 368 patients diagnosed with a lumbar disc herniation said that 91.3% of them did not have back surgery within a year. The surgery patients’ discs occupied 31.5% of their spinal canal while the non-surgical patients’ discs occupied 31.2% of their spinal canals. That’s not much of a variance. Researchers report that this does not predict which patients will fail nonsurgical treatment and require surgery within 2 years after getting a lumbar spine MRI scan. (3) With knowledge of these findings, Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville uses conservative treatment of these disc herniations.


Chiropractors are back pain specialists. Your St. Francisville chiropractor is the St. Francisville back pain specialist. Painful disc herniations are accepted at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville as the spinal research shows that, though painful, disc herniations large and small react nicely to conservative treatment. As a matter of fact, in following up with patients who chose conservative treatment for their disc herniation, 35% to 100% of the cases revealed a reduction in the size of the herniation. (4) Two years after conservative care, herniated disc patients had a 16.5% decrease in size. 57% of patients showed a reduction, 40% demonstrated no change in size, and 3% had a larger herniation. (5) Particularly, conservative treatment of the disc herniation with flexion distraction Cox® Technic delivered increases in the measurements of the spinal canal by as much as 28% in area, 17% in height and 7% in width. (6) St. Francisville back pain sufferers are grateful for such improvement in their disc herniations as pain relief results.

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Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. George Joachim on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. Dr. Joachim shares the case of a patient with a disc herniation resulting in spinal stenosis that generated considerable pain and alteration to her lifestyle which was enhanced with his use of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your St. Francisville chiropractic appointment today. No matter its size, your disc herniation is in good company and in good hands at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville.

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville presents new research that again states that the size of a disc herniation doesn’t matter that much. 
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