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Carrolltown Disc Herniations Can Go Away

“There’s a disc herniation in your spine.” does not have to scare you. Conservative care helps reduce pain and even reduce the disc herniation. Surgery is not always required. Conservative care has been shown to reduce disc herniation and its associated back pain. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation uses gentle spinal manipulation as part of the general Carrolltown chiropractic care treatment plan.


A recent research meta-analysis report, the top-level review of medical literature on a specific topic, reported on the spontaneous resorption of a lumbar disc herniation with conservative treatment. In 31 studies, the researchers found that the overall resorption rate was 70.39%. By disc type, resorption rates varied from 13.33% to 87.77%. The resorption rate was greater for a ruptured, non-contained disc (fragment) than a contained disc. Resorption rates differed by country from 60.68% in China to 83.52% in Korea. (The US resorption rate was 61.66%.) The report stated that the resorption process primarily happened within 6 months of conservative treatment. (1) Another study of patient clinical outcomes in a single care center were analyzed for response to treatment of giant lumbar disc herniations. 41% of these patients’ "giant lumbar" discs showed resorption within 6 months, 37% in 6-12 months, and 32% after 12 months. The range of time for resorption was 1 month to 8 years. 59% of those who underwent conservative care had more than 30% resorption. 25% experienced greater than 50% resorption. The authors of this study stated that as long as there is no sign of progressive nerve damage or cauda equina syndrome, conservative care was preferred as resorption was more likely with these disc protrusions that extended into the spinal canal. (2) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation concurs that when there is no sign of nerve injury and/or cauda equina symptoms, conservative treatment - like our gentle, safe chiropractic spinal manipulation - is effective. Starting with the initial, thorough examination of symptoms to the care at each visit, our Carrolltown back pain and neck pain patients with disc herniations often find relief and a decrease in their fear of their disc herniation and its effect on their life.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr Coleman Cormier on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates how he used The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a patient with a large disc herniation.

Schedule your Carrolltown chiropractic appointment soon. We’re here to contain your fear of a disc herniation and help you realize relief of neck and back pain!

Carrolltown chiropractic conservative care helps even huge disc herniations go away 
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