Chiropractic Relieves Disc Herniation Related Pain Often Without MRI

MRIs are cool. MRIs display pretty pictures of the body. Chiropractors like looking at spinal MRI images. Why? The spine is where chiropractors like your Manchester chiropractor live day in and day out. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries values the MRI image study for what it is: a tool. But MRIs are not always a clinical necessity. Can MRI help determine whether to use non-surgical care or surgical care for back pain relief? Read on for the most recent news.

The Usefulness of MRI

When a Manchester patient’s back pain, neck pain, arm pain or leg pain symptoms signal the need for an MRI, Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries arranges one for such a Manchester back pain patient. MRI may enhance your Manchester chiropractor’s clinical understanding of the condition oftentimes (but not always!).  Pre-treatment and post-MRI studies are intriguing. Did the disc herniation shrink now that the pain disappeared? Manchester chiropractic patients will often ask that of Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries. And researchers will study MRIs for their research studies on just such a query.

The Curiosity of MRI

Researchers are not the only ones who curiously examine MRI images of low back pain sufferers to see if there is any connection between pain and no pain and the MRI pre and post treatment for back pain. Patients wonder, too. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries knows our Manchester 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 the value of MRI in predicting treatment outcomes in 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. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries and the Manchester 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 – suggested a satisfactory outcome with either form 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 them – surgical and conservative. (1) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries sees similar reports more and more in the back pain research.  Remember the Atlas studies of surgical and non-surgical interventions for back pain and sciatica? There was not much variation 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).

Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Offers Chiropractic Non-Surgical Care of Disc Herniation

Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries asks you to make a Manchester chiropractic appointment today. Trust Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries 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 reduce your back pain.

Schedule your Manchester chiropractic appointment today.

 
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