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Johnson Chiropractic Treats Disc Herniation Pain

“You have to know where you came from to know where you are going.”

It is true for all of us individually, familiarly, and professionally. It is true for medicine – allopathic and alternative - too. It is true for the understanding of the disc and the spine it holds. Understanding of Richmond back pain keeps evolving, and one of the major milestones was relatively recent in our human history. Johnson Chiropractic shares old and new discoveries about the disc and the back pain it brings about as well as the Richmond chiropractic care that reduces that back pain.

HISTORY OF THE DISC HERNIATION

The understanding of disc herniation as a compressive force on spinal nerves resulting in back pain and leg pain is a relatively new phenomenon. Keep in mind that the spine changes as it grows older. The shape of the disc and the composition of it tissue changes. The disc’s center, nucleus pulposus, changes and decreases in size. (1) We know better today, but in 1909, the disc herniation was assumed to be a tumor. In 1930, a neurologist (T Alajouanine) and surgeon (D Petit-Dutaillis) described their surgical experiences with disc herniations that were initially talked about by a pathologist named CG Schmorl. But it wasn’t until 1934 when WJ Mixter and JS Barr published the first report of surgically taking out disc herniations in 19 patients. (2) (Unless it is published, it did not happen…and you do not get credit for it!) So it was fewer than 100 years ago that the disc herniation was termed a disc herniation and identified as such! Allopathy and alternative medicine like chiropractic have risen to the challenge in those intervening years.

ALLOPATHY and ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Allopathic medicine is traditionally centered on the disease and tends to concentrate on symptom-specific treatment (usually pharmacological or invasive) to remove the cause of pain. Alternative medicine usually centered on a whole-body approach and has a tendency to concentrate on treatments that stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself (herbal supplements, Reiki, chiropractic, Tai chi, acupuncture, etc.) to reduce pain. (3) Nowadays, integrative medicine is escalating in its valuing and use of the best of both.

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR DISC HERNIATION

Chiropractic care is all-encompassing care for spine pain conditions. For the disc herniation causing low back pain, neck pain, leg pain and/or arm pain, gentle flexion distraction spinal manipulation is relieving. A new study states that horizontal traction was quite effective in causing a significant increase in average lumbar spine disc height and decrease in lumbar lordosis. (4) Such is available with the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management utilizing long-y axis distraction. Johnson Chiropractic specializes in this treatment. Cox Technic is depicted as a non-thrust low velocity variable amplitude spinal manipulation that manages low back pain non-pharmacologically. It’s evidence-based to decrease pain in chronic low back pain patients. (5) It reduces intradiscal pressure in the disc to as low as -192mmHg, opens the spinal canal area by 28%, and increases disc height by 17%. (6) Johnson Chiropractic eases back pain due to disc herniation quite effectively.

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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jake Bohnen on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He presents a case of a disc herniation he treated with Cox® Technic and reduced pain…and the herniation on MRI!

Schedule a non-surgical Richmond chiropractic care appointment with Johnson Chiropractic today. Together, we will figure out where you’ve been on your back pain journey and make a path of correction and control for its future with the most suitable treatment possible.

Johnson Chiropractic gently treats the disc herniation causing back pain.
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