Bulging discs are an all-too common source of back pain and sciatica. Disc herniation occurs when the soft inside of a spinal disc protrudes, and in some cases, tears, the tougher exterior. This bulging disc can impinge a surrounding spinal nerve (or two) causing sharp pain, tingling "pins and needles" sensations in the legs and muscle weakness.
Dr. Stern has helped many people in San Francisco and Sunnyvale recover from back pain. A 2014 study reinforces what we've seen in our practice. The authors conducted a study of 148 patients with MRI-confirmed lumbar disc herniation producing back pain, sciatica, and radiating leg symptoms. The majority of patients (79) dealt with from chronic lumbar disc herniation lasting more than three months. Thirty seven patients had disc herniations for less than four weeks at the start of the investigation.
All of the patients received chiropractic adjustments based upon the needs of each person. After two weeks, 70% of participants had significant improvements in pain and disability; and at three months, 90% had substantial improvement. Even more important, the recovery was sustained by patients, with over 80% of individuals reporting improvement after one year.
You need to know that you don't have to endure disc herniations or any other type of back pain. Dr. Stern is here for you. To see if we can help you, give our clinic a call at (415) 308-7636 today for an appointment or consultation.
Lee, Serafin. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniation receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics 2014.37(3):155-163.