NON-SURGICAL DISC HERNIATION RELIEF
Back pain sufferers with disc herniations describe benefit from non-surgical treatment. One study of Medicare patients with chronic low back pain reported higher quality of life scores and more satisfaction with their spinal manipulative therapy care than those managed with prescription drug therapy. (1) Low back pain sufferers in a randomized control trial who underwent chiropractic (Cox® Technic) flexion distraction management for their low back pain experienced significantly greater pain relief than those who underwent physical therapy’s active trunk exercise protocol. The back pain sufferers who also experienced radiculopathy - spine-related extremity leg pain - were significantly better being treated with flexion distraction decompression manipulation. (2) Humans - and dachshunds - can be so well-cared for with the proper treatment plan! An interesting side-story that came up while doing research for this blog: 34 of 40 long-spined dachshunds with T3-L3 myelopathy presumedly related to disc herniation responded well to non-surgical treatment, especially those who began care with motor function intact. They had minimal recurrence rates at 1 year (5%) and 2 years (11%), too. (3) Conservative care for spine pain, disc herniation, back pain, and leg pain is successful for many!
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Keep Your Balance: Stenosis, Fall Risk, Manipulation
In older folks, a greater risk of fracture over the following year was related to a recent fall within the past 4 months. (4) Risk of a recurrent fall for men and women or an injury from a fall in women was intensified in those with severe low back pain or extremity leg pain. (5) Suggested physical, psychological, and environmental goals in handling fall-risk in the elderly included improved muscle function, lessened fear of falling, and improved balance. (6) With balance improvement in mind, a new study tested a treatment protocol including (Cox® Technic) flexion distraction spinal manipulation for older patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. Balance test outcomes got better. Subjective score outcomes were statistically and clinically meaningful. (7) Southern New Hampshire balance is so significant. Together, New Hampshire Spine and Sport and you can work to improve yours and/or that of a loved one.
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents his treatment plan with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient with spinal stenosis, back pain, and balance issues.
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