By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Jan 20 2015 11:21PM
Back pain is one of the most common health problems in America. Chiropractors are often thought of as back doctors, and in a recent study this was reinforced. According to this study, published i the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, back pain can be caused by a herniated disc, and when that is the case, chiropractic care can offer relief for this type of condition.
The study took 148 people between ages 18-65 with pain in their low backs and legs due to disc herniation (as determined by MRI). Some were chronic cases, others more recently developed. The patients received regular adjustments and data was collected initially and then at two weeks, one month, three months, six months and one year.
Data was collected using the Oswestry questionnaire to determine pain intensity and the degree of disability experienced by patients. After tow weeks, about 70% of the participants reported feeling better or even much better, and at one month 80% reported feeling better.
At one year, 88% of patients still reported improvement in their back pain. This study shows that chiropractic care can have a positive effect on herniated discs as well as pain radiating down the legs. As usual, more research needs to be conducted and on larger sample sizes, but this study is very promising.
Leeman S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, et al. Outcomes of acute and chroic patietns with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observatonal cohor study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3);155-163.