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

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

Leg pain (sciatic radiculopathy) and loss of motor strength obviously concern Richmond back pain patients. “When will it come back?” is a standard question. Keep in mind that research finds that treatment results are quite comparable for surgical and non-surgical care of disc herniation patients with leg 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 brand-new article concurs: Improvement occurs over time regardless of treatment (surgery or non-surgery). The majority of patients in this latest study did not elect surgery. Almost all of them regained full strength at 1 year with it typically occurring in the first 3 months while on-going recovery lasted a year. (3) Johnson Chiropractic says “Don’t hold back!” Ask Johnson Chiropractic the concerning questions. We’ll share with you the research-based answers for you to consider.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Howard Rosenberg on The Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about assisting 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 allowed him to return not just back to walking but also to playing tennis!

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


Richmond back pain patients fear moving, concerned that they may cause pain. Back belts and braces reduce pain and fear of pain and foster a return to normal activities of life. (4) For back pain patients who suffer with spinal stenosis, back belts improved walking distance. (5) And for acute compression fractures, a back brace is usually implemented. A soft brace was just as effective as a rigid brace to prevent spinal deformity, improve quality of life, and lessen back pain. (6) Back belts aren’t needed forever, but for temporary and for certain conditions, they help!

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