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Chiropractic Relieves Disc Herniation Related Pain Often Without MRI

MRIs are cool. They display some great images of the body. Chiropractors like looking at spinal MRI images. Why? The spine is where chiropractors like your Auburn chiropractor live day in and day out. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. values the MRI image study for what it is: a tool. But MRIs are not always a clinical necessity. Can MRI help decide 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 Auburn patient’s back pain, neck pain, arm pain or leg pain symptoms denote the need for an MRI, Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. arranges one for such a Auburn back pain patient. MRI may supplement your Auburn chiropractor’s clinical perception of the condition oftentimes (but not always!).  Pre-treatment and post-MRI studies are intriguing. Did the disc herniation reduce now that the pain disappeared? Auburn chiropractic patients will often ask that of Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.. And researchers will examine MRIs for their research studies on just such a question.

The Curiosity of MRI

Researchers aren’t the only ones who curiously survey MRI images of low back pain sufferers to see 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. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is well aware that our Auburn back pain patients wonder!

In noticing that doctors and patients find MRI images a curiosity when there is back pain and leg pain, a group of researchers set out to determine if MRI is of value in determining how treatment outcomes will be for patients who had a herniated lumbar disc with sciatica. They speculated whether MRI could help decide whether to do back surgery now or stay the course with conservative care. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. and the Auburn chiropractic low back pain patients we treat 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 – indicated a satisfactory outcome with either form of care. Another interesting 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) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. reads similar reports increasingly in the back pain research.  Recall the Atlas studies of surgical and non-surgical interventions for back pain and sciatica? There was not much difference in those classic studies either: 50% versus 53% non-surgical versus surgical for back pain due to spinal stenosis (2) and 69% versus 61% surgical versus non-surgical for sciatica (3).

Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. Offers Chiropractic Non-Surgical Care of Disc Herniation

Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. invites you to make a Auburn chiropractic appointment today. Trust Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. to provide evidence-based chiropractic care that relieves your spine pain many times without an MRI. Together, we can create a non-surgical (and even potentially non-MRI!) treatment plan to lessen your back pain.

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