Study shows Slipped Discs helped by Chiropractic Care

Slipped Discs improved with Chiropractic.

Disc herniations or prolapses, otherwise known as ‘slipped discs’, improve with chiropractic care, important new study reveals.

A recent study has confirmed what we see in our clinic on a daily basis, that most people suffering from with prolapsed or herniated lumbar discs, referred to usually as ‘slipped discs’, improve enormously under quality chiropractic care. The study has clearly demonstrated that the greatest majority of patients, in fact 9 out of 10, show great symptomatic and functional improvement within three months of starting chiropractic care. Indeed some clinics show even better results than this.

The reason that this is so important is that chiropractic care is uninvasive and involves natural healing. More and more research is raising questions about the safety and effectiveness of epidural steroid injections for the long-term management of lumbar disc herniation and sciatica (leg pain). The study, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics, shows that both chronic (long term) and acute (recent) herniated discs can reliably be effectively treated by chiropractors.

L4-5 disc herniation MRI

The Study – Researchers conducted a study of 148 patients with MRI-confirmed lumbar disc herniation causing back pain, sciatica, and radiating leg symptoms. The majority of patients (79) had suffered from long-term symptoms, lasting longer than three months. Thirty seven of the patients had suffered symptomatically from disc herniation for fewer than four weeks at the start of the study.

Chiropractors treated the patients with specific spinal manipulations (chiropractic adjustments) based on individual characteristics, including results from the MRI that demonstrated the area and type of herniated disc. After two weeks, most patients (70%) had significantly improved disability and pain. By the three-month mark, 90.5% had substantial improvements in disability and pain, and that percentage stabilized at the six-month and one-year evaluations.

The researchers pointed out that these improvements cannot be attributed to natural history alone. Earlier studies have suggested that that typical prognosis for acute disc herniation is favorable, with 36% showing significant improvements after two weeks. However the acute patients in this study had faster improvements, with 80% significantly improved after two weeks, and 94.5% after three months.

Other studies have shown that chiropractic care can also assist patients suffering from recurrent lumbar disc herniation also called Failed Back Pain Surgery Syndrome.

This important research suggests that patients can benefit from chiropractic for LDH, regardless whether their herniated disc is acute, chronic, or recurrent.


Lee, Serafin. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniation receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics 2014. doi 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.12.011.

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