Minster Chiropractic Center treats
Minster neck pain patients with cervical spine disc
herniations that trigger arm pain radiculopathy. Non-surgical care
of arm pain radiculopathy helps Minster neck pain and arm pain sufferers experience
some relief without surgery.
In setting up a treatment plan for for
cervical spine-related arm pain known as cervical radiculopathy, research guidelines state conservative
management as a first-line treatment option over surgery.
Clinically, cervical radiculopathy can pose as numbness, paresthesia, motor
change, reflex change and/or sensory change. Researchers have been collaborating
to set guidelines for its non-surgical management and treatment
at various stages of pain including acute, subacute, and
chronic. (1) Minster Chiropractic Center considers such guidelines in planning non-surgical treatment
for our Minster chiropractic patients.
GUIDELINES FOR TREATING CERVICAL DISC HERNIATIONS
In reporting the non-surgical
guidelines, researchers explained the risk-benefit ratio for
surgical treatment of cervical radiculopathy as less promising
than for non-surgical, conservative care. When studying the
care of cervical radiculopathy through its phases, the
non-surgical interventions’ guidelines shift from acute/more
passive care to chronic/more active,
individualized, self-managed care. Particularly, for the acute
stage, multimodal management including spinal manipulation, patient
education, exercise, and positioning that eases the
pain were valuable. For subacute cervical
radiculopathy, increased specific exercises, supervised motor
control motions and/or mobilization may be incorporated. For chronic pain, general aerobic exercise and
strength training, postural instruction, and ergonomic assessment of
job-related activities may be added}29}. (2) We find
that our neck and arm pain patients appreciate activities
like this that allow them to return to living.
TIME AND THE CERVICAL DISC HERNIATION
Overall, in one systematic review study, 56.4%
of degenerative cervical radiculopathy patients - 39.1% of conservatively
treated patients and 60.5% of surgically treated patients – described motor deficits prior to treatment. (3) A
spine surgeon presented a case report of a patient headed for cervical spine discectomy/fusion surgery
for a C4-C5 disc herniation whose repeated MRI showed that the disc had resorbed, rendering surgery needless.
The researcher acknowledged that more research was available
on lumbar disc herniations’ decreasing as seen on MRI by 34.7% to 95% over 6 to 17 months
and total resorption of the disc in 43% to 75% yet contended
that cervical disc herniations were apt to do
the same. (4) Like the author,
Minster Chiropractic Center holds out hope for our cervical disc herniation and cervical
radiculopathy patients that surgery may not be required. Our
conservative Minster chiropractic treatment will quite possibly help healing.
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Umar Ellahie on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he
describes cervical radiculopathy and its relieving care with
The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
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