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Nashua Disc Herniations Can Go Away

October 10, 2023

“You have a disc herniation.” doesn’t have to strike fear in you. Conservative care helps decrease pain and even shrink the disc herniation. Surgery is not always required. Conservative care appeared to reduce disc herniation and its related back pain. Moriarty Chiropractic uses gentle spinal manipulation as part of the general Nashua chiropractic treatment plan.


A new research meta-analysis report, the top-level review of medical literature on a given topic, detailed the spontaneous resorption of a lumbar disc herniation with conservative treatment. In 31 studies, the researchers revealed that the overall resorption rate was 70.39%. By type of disc, resorption rates varied from 13.33% to 87.77%. The resorption rate was greater for a ruptured, non-contained disc (fragment) than a contained disc. Resorption rates differed by country from 60.68% in China to 83.52% in Korea. (In the US, the resorption rate was 61.66%.) The report stated that the resorption process mainly happened within 6 months of conservative treatment. (1) Another study of patient clinical outcomes in one care center were analyzed for response to treatment of giant lumbar disc herniations. 41% of these patients’ "giant lumbar" discs appeared on imaging to have resorbed within 6 months, 37% in 6-12 months, and 32% after 12 months. The range of time for resorption was 1 month to 8 years. 59% of those who underwent conservative care had more than 30% resorption. 25% experienced greater than 50% resorption. The authors of this study wrote that as long as there is no sign of progressive nerve damage or cauda equina syndrome, conservative care was preferred as resorption was more likely with these disc protrusions that were in the spinal canal. (2) Moriarty Chiropractic agrees that when there is no sign of nerve injury and/or cauda equina symptoms, conservative treatment - like our gentle, safe chiropractic spinal manipulation - is helpful. Starting with the initial, thorough examination of symptoms to the care at each visit, our Nashua back pain and neck pain patients with disc herniations often find relief and a reduction in their fear of a disc herniation and its impact on their life.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr Coleman Cormier on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates his use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a patient with a large disc herniation.

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Nashua chiropractic conservative care helps even giant disc herniations go away