Lumbar Herniated Disc: Surgery or Conservative Care?
Our Springfield NJ sports doctor explains this: Are conservative treatments like physical therapy or chiropractic less likely to ease pain and help than surgical intervention for lumbar herniated discs? Our Springfield chiropractor explained that this may not be true.
Research was found by the previously known British Medical Journal (now BMJ), who for 2 years studied the lifestyles of 370 people suffering from herniated disc issues and sciatic discomfort.
About 185 had surgical intervention, while the other half used conservative approaches like physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, etc.
Following the 2 year study, researchers found that no benefits came from surgical treatment versus conservative treatment. In fact, both groups shared almost the exact same lifestyle outcome.
Our Springfield chiropractic says that this is good news for many reasons. First, surgery can be quite costly while conservative care is much more affordable. Surgery is also more complicated and invasive; conservative care does not require the long, strenuous recovery. Finally, surgery holds risks that a patient wouldn’t have to worry about with conservative care, such as anesthesia and deadly pain killers. Surgery may seem like the final problem solver, but even after surgery a patient will have to undertake some sort of conservative treatment.
It is proven and clear that if diagnosed with a lumbar herniated disc, conservative treatment is the path to take. It is less costly, has little to no recovery time involved, and there are various treatment options.
One of these options is chiropractic care, and it is one of the best ways to eliminate back pain. Physical therapy, cold laser therapy, and many other treatments to help relieve pain are available at Springfield chiropractic in New Jersey.
If a patient is having chronic pain and conservative treatment or medication is not providing permanent relief, there is another option besides surgery. The procedure is called manipulation under anesthesia. Basically, the doctor performs a more powerful adjustment on the patient, which equals about 12 physical therapy treatments. The treatment has been extremely successful in treating chronic pain, and restoring power motion. Despite doubts, it is completely non invasive although the patient is put to sleep for about 30 minutes. Springfield chiropractic offers this treatment, and we can discuss to see if you are a candidate. Although usually a last resort, it has helped and treated many patients.
If you are struggling to get relief, make an appointment at Springfield chiropractic in New Jersey.
Remember, if you are struggling and cannot get relief, make an appointment to see us. Simply give us a call (908) 325 – 3000 and we will help you.
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