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Chiropractic Relieves Disc Herniation Related Pain Often Without MRI

MRIs are cool. They show some amazing images of the body. Chiropractors like looking at spinal MRI images. Why? The spine is your Brooks chiropractor’s realm! Soft Health and Healing Clinic values 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 determine 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 Brooks patient’s back pain, neck pain, arm pain or leg pain symptoms indicate the need for an MRI, Soft Health and Healing Clinic arranges one for such a Brooks back pain patient. MRI may add to your Brooks chiropractor’s clinical understanding of the condition oftentimes (but not always!).  Pre-treatment and post-MRI images are interesting. Did the disc herniation reduce now that the pain left? Brooks chiropractic patients will often ask that of Soft Health and Healing Clinic. And researchers will examine MRIs for their research studies on just such a query.

The Curiosity of MRI

Researchers are not the only ones who curiously survey MRI images of low back pain sufferers to ascertain 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. Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows our Brooks back pain patients wonder!

In noticing that doctors and patients find MRI images a curiosity when there is back pain and leg pain, some researchers planned 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 determine whether to do back surgery now or stay the course with conservative care. Soft Health and Healing Clinic and the Brooks chiropractic low back pain patients we care for would love such a simple indicator! 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 type of care. Another interesting finding:  the size of the disc herniation at the beginning of caredid not affect the outcome. The two groups revealed significant difference in outcomes between the two groups – surgical and conservative. (1) Soft Health and Healing Clinic 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 wasn’t much variation in those classic studies either: 50% versus 53% non-surgical vs. surgical for back pain due to spinal stenosis (2) and 69% versus 61% surgical versus non-surgical for sciatica (3).

Soft Health and Healing Clinic Offers Chiropractic Non-Surgical Care of Disc Herniation

Soft Health and Healing Clinic asks you to make a Brooks chiropractic appointment today. Trust Soft Health and Healing Clinic 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 reduce your back pain.

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