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Chiropractic Reduces Disc Herniation Related Pain Often Without MRI

MRIs are fascinating. They display some amazing images of the body. Chiropractors like looking at spinal MRI images. Why? The spine is your Tarrytown chiropractor’s realm! Tarrytown Chiropractic 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 latest news.

The Usefulness of MRI

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

The Curiosity of MRI

Researchers aren’t the only ones who curiously look at MRI images of low back pain sufferers to check 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. Tarrytown Chiropractic knows our Tarrytown back pain patients wonder!

In noticing that doctors and patients dealing with back pain like MRIs, some researchers set out to determine the value of MRI in predicting treatment outcomes in 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. Tarrytown Chiropractic and the Tarrytown chiropractic low back pain patients we treat would love such a simple guide! Study participants were randomized to surgery or prolonged conservative care. Two findings – a disc extrusion and nerve root compression on MRI in patients with less severe leg pain – signified a satisfactory outcome with either type of care. Another noteworthy finding:  the size of the disc herniation at the beginning of care didn’t affect the outcome. There was no significant difference in outcomes between them – surgical and conservative. (1) Tarrytown Chiropractic sees similar reports more and more in the back pain research.  Recall the Atlas studies of surgical and non-surgical interventions for back pain and sciatica? There was not much variation in those classic 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).

Tarrytown Chiropractic Offers Chiropractic Non-Surgical Care of Disc Herniation

Tarrytown Chiropractic encourages you to make a Tarrytown chiropractic appointment today. Trust Tarrytown Chiropractic to provide evidence-based chiropractic care that alleviates your spine pain many times without an MRI. Together, we can create a non-surgical (and even potentially non-MRI!) treatment plan to alleviate your back pain.

Schedule your Tarrytown chiropractic appointment now.

 
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