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Healthy News January 2024 Disc Size Doesnt Necessarily Matter & 4 Ways To Ease Chronic Pain

picture of lumbar Richmond disc herniation 

DISC SIZE DOESN’T (necessarily) MATTER!

Now that’s’ a novel idea for the start of a new year amidst all the talk of new year’s talk of dieting to downsize! With back pain and neck pain, a little disc isn’t really pain-free. Surprised? If you have a small disc and pain, you’re not! What matters is (1) how much mechanical pressure the disc protrusion is placing on the nerve root and/or (2) how much chemical irritation is present if an extruded disc’s inner gel-like material has escaped the anular fibers that surround it and now encircles the spinal nerve(s) which has (have) never touched each other before. Nerves hurt when this new chemical irritant comes in! A tiny extruded disc can produce a great amount of pain if chemical irritation is part of the problem. A huge disc protrusion may not cause pain at all if it does not contact a spinal nerve. (1-7) A 2023 published study just concluded that the size of a disc protrusion did not demonstrate a noteworthy relationship to pain and function. (8) If you or a loved one or friend is starting 2024 with Richmond back pain with or without sciatic leg pain or neck pain with or without arm pain radiculopathy, come visit Johnson Chiropractic for some Richmond pain relief with gentle, safe chiropractic Cox® Technic care!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Timothy Gagan on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient suffering with back and leg pain because of a disc herniation.              

picture  of Richmond chiropractic tips to ease chronic pain: understanding, acknowledging emotions, undergoing manipulation, exercising 

Richmond CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: 4 Ways to Ease Chronic Pain In 2024

As researchers and healthcare professionals work toward establishing practice guidelines (ex: WHO) in managing chronic pain (back, neck, etc.), they’re analyzing influencing factors that chronic pain sufferers and their caregivers need to address for optimal clinical outcomes:

  1. Understand the condition. A clear grasp of the chronic primary low back pain condition via education/advice was related to beneficial developments in pain, function, quality of life, and psychological outcomes. (9)
  2. Consider emotional influences. Adverse childhood events were documented to be significantly associated with chronic pain and pain-related disability as an adult. (10)
  3. Undergo spinal manipulation. A review of nonpharmacological pain management approaches used by Medicare patients reported that manipulative therapies, mainly chiropractic, have been the most widely investigated methods. (11) Cox® Technic flexion-distraction - as we use in our chiropractic practice – helped a 67-year-old veteran who suffered with chronic low back pain and intermittent lower extremity pain for many decades realize overall improvement in his condition, reduce use of pain medication, and increase mobility after 4 sessions over a 4-week period. (12)
  4. Exercise. Structured exercise programs were reported to decrease pain and functional limitation in chronic low back pain patients. (13)
Only do any of these after consulting your Richmond chiropractor first! 

Make 2024 your year for pain relief! Johnson Chiropractic is happy to be your Richmond chiropractic partner in this project. See you soon!

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