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March 2019 Healthy News: Richmond Chiropractic Care Helps Motor Strength Come Back

 Richmond chiropractic assists in returning motor strength loss due to a disc herniation and sciatica return over time.

Leg pain (sciatic radiculopathy) and loss of motor strength obviously upset Richmond back pain patients. “When will it come back?” is a typical question. Keep in mind that research finds that treatment results are very alike for surgical and non-surgical care of disc herniation patients with sciatic radiculopathy. (1) One model study reported that loss of motor strength due to sciatic nerve damage returned over 3 years with 10% in 6 months, 30% at 1 year, 50% at 2 years and 75% at 3 years. (2) A recent article agrees: Improvement occurs over time regardless of treatment (surgery or non-surgery). Most patients in this new study did not pick surgery. Just about all of them recovered full strength at 1 year with it typically occurring in the first 3 months while on-going recovery lasted a year. (3) Johnson Chiropractic urges you to not hold back. Ask Johnson Chiropractic the tough questions. We’ll share with you the research-based answers for you to ponder.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Howard Rosenberg on The Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about helping an athletic, healthy patient who found himself foot drop and decreased muscle strength due to a disc herniation with leg pain sciatica/radiculopathy. His chiropractic care utilizing the Cox® Technic System helped him return not just back to walking but also to playing tennis!

 Johnson Chiropractic sees value in recommending back belts to back pain sufferers.


Richmond back pain patients fear moving, concerned that they may cause pain. Back belts and braces decrease pain and fear of pain and allow a return to usual activities of life. (4) For spinal stenosis patients with back pain, back belts improved walking distance. (5) And for acute compression fractures, a back brace is usually used. A soft brace was equally effective as a rigid brace to avoid spinal deformity, enhance quality of life, and lessen back pain. (6) Back belts are not needed forever, but for temporary and for certain conditions, they help!

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