“You have to know where you came from to know where you are going.”
It’s true for all of us personally, domestically, and professionally. It is true for medicine – allopathic and alternative - too. It’s true for the knowledge of the disc and the spine it holds. Knowledge of Nashua back pain keeps evolving, and one of the key milestones was relatively recent in the history of man. Moriarty Chiropractic discloses old and new findings on the disc and the back pain it brings about as well as the Nashua chiropractic care that relieves that back pain.
HISTORY OF THE DISC HERNIATION
The understanding of disc herniation as a compressive force on spinal nerves resulting in back pain and leg pain is a relatively recent wonder. Keep in mind that the spine changes as it ages. The spinal disc’s shape and tissue composition changes. The center part of the disc, nucleus pulposus, changes and decreases in size. (1) We know better today, but in 1909, the disc herniation was believed to be a tumor. In 1930, a neurologist (T Alajouanine) and surgeon (D Petit-Dutaillis) explained their surgical experiences with disc herniations that were initially studied by a pathologist named CG Schmorl. But it wasn’t until 1934 when WJ Mixter and JS Barr circulated the first report of surgically taking out disc herniations in 19 patients. (2) (Unless it is published, it did not happen…and you do not get credit for it!) So it was less than a century ago that the disc herniation was termed a disc herniation and recognized as such! Allopathy and alternative medicine like chiropractic have risen to the challenge in those intervening years.
ALLOPATHY and ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Allopathic medicine is usually focused on the disease and tends to concentrate on symptom-specific treatment (usually pharmacological or invasive) to get rid of the cause of pain. Alternative medicine usually centered on a whole-body approach and tends to concentrate on treatments that increase the body’s capability to heal itself (herbal supplements, Reiki, chiropractic, Tai chi, acupuncture, etc.) to reduce pain. (3) Today, integrative medicine is escalating in its appreciation and use of the best of both.
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR DISC HERNIATION
Chiropractic care is all-encompassing care for spine pain conditions. For the disc herniation resulting in low back pain, neck pain, leg pain and/or arm pain, gentle flexion distraction spinal manipulation is easing. A new study points out that horizontal traction was quite effective in producing a significant increase in average lumbar spine disc height and decrease in lumbar lordosis. (4) Such is available with the Cox Technic System of Spinal Pain Management utilizing long-y axis distraction. Moriarty Chiropractic specializes in this treatment. Cox Technic is depicted as a non-thrust low velocity variable amplitude spinal manipulation that manages low back pain non-pharmacologically. It’s evidence-based to decrease pain in chronic low back pain patients. (5) It decreases intradiscal pressure in the disc to as low as -192mmHg, widens the spinal canal area by 28%, and increases disc height by 17%. (6) Moriarty Chiropractic eases back pain due to disc herniation quite effectively.
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Listen to this PODCAST by Dr. Jake Bohnen on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. He presents a case of a disc herniation he treated with Cox® Technic and reduced pain…and the herniation on MRI!
Schedule a non-surgical Nashua chiropractic care appointment with Moriarty Chiropractic today. Together, we’ll determine where you have been on your back pain journey and make a path of correction and control for its future with the most suitable treatment possible.