Chiropractic & Disc Herniations?

I’ve spoken to a lot of patients in our Newark chiropractic office who have a history of disc herniation or disc bulges that had never initially considered chiropractic as a treatment option for improving the health of the disc as well as the associated symptoms of pain, stiffness, loss of function, numbness/tingling, etc.  Their rationale for not thinking of a chiropractor for these conditions was usually the same, “I just didn’t know that you worked on that sort of problem”, or “nobody ever told me”.

                As doctors of the spine, disc herniations and disc bulges fall right within our wheelhouse for the types of conditions that we work to improve. In fact, I would estimate that nearly 80% of our current patient population is dealing with some level of disc damage, either through traumatic or degenerative means.  In addition to our clinical experience, the research that’s out there proves that chiropractic is not only an effective option of improving disc issues, but it’s actually one of the best. 

                A study in the Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics used MRI’s to evaluate patients that had cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) disc herniations who were undergoing chiropractic care.  The results were astounding.  About 80% of the patients studied had great outcomes with significant reductions of pain and abnormal clinical exam findings.  63% of the patients studied had a reduction in size or a complete resorption of the herniated disc as well!  Additionally, 78% of the patient’s studied were able to return to their work following treatment.

                So what does this mean for you?  If you are suffering from pain, stiffness, loss of function or any symptom related to a disc herniation, disc bulge, or disc damage of any kind, you owe it to yourself to get checked by a chiropractor!  Our treatment approaches, which include spinal adjustments, exercise therapies, massage, nutritional counseling, and more, can be extremely effective in not just reducing the pain from a disc herniation, but fixing the problem as well!  Call our Newark office at 302-368-1300 or visit our website at to set up an initial consultation today and find out how we can eliminate your pain!

Dr. Travis McKay

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