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Lumbar Disc Pain Is Curable

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Lumbar disc pain is caused by degenerative changes that occur over time. The discs in the spine lose some of their shock absorbing properties as we age, sometimes tearing, bulging, or collapsing, and this causes problems in the structural stability of the spine. Movement of the torso brings on pain, which is made worse with sitting or bending forward. There is tenderness in the lower back, and sometimes the pain radiates down the lower extremities. The pain is persistent and can last for months.

Treatment of lumbar disc pain

Chiropractic is the safest, most effective treatment for disc bulges. Studies have shown chiropractic to be safer and more effective than bed rest, drugs, or surgery.
A chiropractor will first do an evaluation of the problem. Through a careful history, orthopedic and neurological testing, examination of posture, muscle testing, and even X-rays or MRIs the chiropractor can get an accurate picture of what’s going on in the spine.

After analyzing this information, the chiropractor will come up with a treatment plan. There are some patients who are not good candidates for chiropractic care. For example, if there is suspicion of a cauda equina syndrome in which loss of bladder control accompanies a disc injury, this is a medical emergency not treated by chiropractic. In addition, if the neurological data indicate advanced loss of strength, sensation, and reflexes, the chiropractor will refer the patient to a spine surgeon.

Most disc conditions are not this extreme, however, and can be treated with conservative chiropractic care.

Chiropractic treatment for disc problems include, adjustments, cox flexion and distraction (which is a combination of traction and mobilization), specific exercises, physiotherapy (ie. ultrasound), and education on how to bend, lift, and alter the situation that caused the disc problem to begin with. If you have been diagnosed with or suspect that you have a disc problem you should see your chiropractor immediately.

There is a common misconception that chiropractors "pop a disc back in place" with forceful adjusting or manipulative techniques. Except in very specific cases this is not a treatment option. In the majority of cases, chiropractic care involves a gentle program of low-force techniques including: soft tissue massage, biomechanical correction, exercises, and ergonomic advice (the correct way to sit, lift, walk, etc.).

With the appropriate treatment program, most patients with lumbar disc pain can expect to heal quickly and have a full recovery. The time it takes to heal this condition varies from person to person depending on their activities and compliance with chiropractic advice.

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