While some academicians and healthcare providers have concerns with respect to chiropractic treatment for lumbar herniated disc pain relief, there is abundant research and scientific evidence that chiropractic care is very safe and effective for this common condition. This article will discuss the nature of a herniated lumbar disc malady and what is involved with safe, gentle pain relief through chiropractic therapy.
Let’s first begin by defining exactly what is involved with a herniated lumbar disc. In the human spine there are bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae of the lower back are the lumbar vertebrae. Between each vertebra are lumbar intervertebral discs which are simply pads or cushions that act as shock absorbers.
The lowest of the two lumbar intervertebral discs are the most susceptible to injury. The rear portion of the disc may bulge or protrude backward onto the spinal cord or a spinal nerve. This may also be termed a herniated disc. When a disc problem occurs, it causes lower back pain and, commonly, causes pain radiating down the leg due to mechanical disc pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Chiropractors are doctors who are trained to diagnose lumbar disc and sciatic nerve problems.
A doctor of chiropractic, is also trained in the skill of spinal manipulation which introduces realignment and restores proper movement to the lumbar vertebrae and reduces the amount of lumbar disc pressure upon the sciatic nerve. This allows for lumbar herniated disc and sciatic pain relief.
Most patients who go to chiropractors find that having a chiropractic spinal adjustment is a safe, pleasant experience as it relieves tightness of muscles that are in spasm. The duration of treatment time a patient will require to attain relief of their disc and sciatic pain will depend on how long they’ve had the condition and its severity.
There are numerous scientific studies that describe traditional chiropractic treatment for herniated lumbar disc pain relief. The research notes that chiropractic care is safe, effective and is non-surgical.
I personally have treated thousands of patients with some form of lumbar disc pathology. The great majority of these result in complete or significant pain relief. Additionally, these patients tend to regain much, if not all of their activities of daily living losses such as inability to work or care for their family, get proper sleep and rest and pursue recreational activities such as exercise and hobbies.
Chiropractors may also utilize other therapeutics such as electrical muscle stimulation, use of cold packs and implementation of certain therapeutic exercises. Counseling about guarding activity and ergonomics is discussed.
At times patients may be co-treated by a medical health care provider for pharmacologic pain relief. Chiropractic care for lumbar herniated disc pain relief is statistically quite safe and effective. This type of care requires training and experience and should performed only by an expert.