Moriarty Chiropractic treats Nashua neck pain patients with cervical spine disc herniations that trigger arm pain radiculopathy. Non-surgical care of arm pain radiculopathy eases Nashua neck pain and arm pain non-surgically.
In managing for cervical spine-related arm pain (aka cervical radiculopathy), research guidelines describe conservative management as a first-line treatment option over surgery. Clinically, cervical radiculopathy can present as numbness, paresthesia, motor change, reflex change and/or sensory change. Researchers have been working to set guidelines for its non-surgical management and treatment at different stages of pain including acute, subacute, and chronic. (1) Moriarty Chiropractic uses such guidelines in planning non-surgical treatment for our Nashua chiropractic patients.
GUIDELINES FOR TREATING CERVICAL DISC HERNIATIONS
In writing the non-surgical guidelines, researchers described the risk-benefit ratio for surgical treatment of cervical radiculopathy as less favorable than for non-surgical, conservative care. In looking at care of cervical radiculopathy through its phases, the non-surgical interventions’ guidelines move from more passive care in the acute phase to more active, individualized, self-managed care in the chronic phase. Particularly, for the acute stage, multimodal management involving 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 incorporated}29}. (2) We understand 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 – recorded motor deficits prior to treatment. (3) A spine surgeon presented a case report of a patient who was ready to undergo 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 conceded that more research was available on the decrease of lumbar disc herniations 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 act the same way. (4) Like the author, Moriarty Chiropractic holds out hope for our cervical disc herniation and cervical radiculopathy patients that surgery may not be required. Our conservative Nashua chiropractic treatment may well 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 illustrates cervical radiculopathy and its relieving care with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
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