Slipped Discs Research
When a vertebral disc protrudes out of its normal spot, it is referred to a slipped disc. This occurs when the muscles and tendons that hold the disc in place have weakened or been structurally damaged, and it often results in extreme pain. A slipped disc can occur from an accident or an action that stretches your back to an extreme, and most people report feeling the moment when the disc slips out of place.
Treatment Available for Slipped Discs
There are various treatments available if you have suffered a slipped disc, but the severity or your situation will depend on the treatment option that you pursue. Some doctors feel that surgery is the only option available to repair slipped discs and many medical doctors feel that chiropractic care can cause long term pain instead of relief. However, the studies that have been done regarding chiropractic care as a slipped disc treatment do not support this claim. Chiropractic care has been an option for people suffering from slipped discs who do not want a major invasive surgery to repair the damage, and many of them have seen substantial improvement in pain levels, recovery time, and overall health and quality of life.
Some studies have shown drastic improvements in back pain from a slipped disc with active manipulation of vertebral subluxation adjustments. With regular treatments over time, chiropractic can relieve pain and assist in helping to align the spine into a more favorable position to help the slipped disc begin to repair itself. Since your body naturally works to heal itself, making sure the disc is in place will allow it to begin the repair work. One study showed that treatments over a 5-week period made a dramatic difference in the symptoms of a patient who was having problems lying down without pain.
Chiropractic Care Gives You Options
The thought of surgery is a very frightening prospect for most people. There are numerous people who support invasive surgery for treatment of slipped discs, but it should not be the primary treatment option. With the advancements in chiropractic procedures and studies, there are alternative options that are more effective and less painful than surgery. Chiropractic procedures will improve the problem over time, but because of the non-invasive nature of the treatment, you will have the ability to recover and return to your normal life quicker. Surgery will require a longer down time to heal and the evidence does not prove that surgery is more effective than chiropractic procedures in treating slipped discs.
Advantages of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is not only about active manipulation and vertebral subluxation. There are soft tissue treatments and exercise programs to help strengthen the area that was damaged. By receiving natural adjustments and strengthening the core of your body, you can also help to prevent pain and problems in the future. Surgery can repair the problem, but without the proper care, there is no guarantee that the problem will not occur again. Trusting in your chiropractor and taking all of his advice into account can result in a very effective treatment program that can relieve your pain and help you to return to the way you were before your slipped disc injury.
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