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Can a chiropractor help a herniated cervical disc?

I am a 40 year old female with a severe herniated cervical disc. Can a chiropractor help a herniated cervical disc?

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Short answer: yes. The long answer requires more information about the herniation (which disc, how and when it happened, imaging results, presence of neurological symptoms, etc). This should be discussed with your Chiropractor. If necessary, they may refer you for additional testing (e.g. nerve conduction studies) and/or consultations with other providers (neurologists, physiatrists, etc). I hope you find the answers you were looking for and get better soon. Good luck!
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This depends upon how severe your disc herniation is. You should find a chiropractor that can review your MRI (I assume you have had one in order to accurately diagnose your condition) and cervical x-rays. Together, you can decide whether or not chiropractic care can improve your condition.

In general, vertebral discs do not spontaneously herniate, nor do they give all at once post-trauma. Disc herniations normally occur over time due to bad biomechanics surrounding the joint. Poor posture, imbalances in muscle tone, and articular dysfunction around the joint can all play a part in chronic mechanical problems that can eventually result in disc degeneration and/or herniation. As chiropractors, we are trying to correct such mechanical problems and improve joint function. In so doing, we are attempting to remove pressure from any nerves that are being affected by the condition.

It is possible that chiropractic can resolve your condition; however, it is more likely that you will have to do adjunctive therapy also.
Yes will be helpful to prevent surgery
You need an MRI to determine how severe but in a lot of cases yes chiropractic can help and can also help prevent herniation's by decompression, adjustments and therapy. You do not have to have surgery! Get a few opinions and see a chiropractor first! Once they cut there is no going back.
I would refer this to an orthopedic. If you are are trying to treat it without surgery then there are things you can try through chiropractic treatments.
It depends on your condition, severity of the herniated. The best thing to do is to sit down with a chiropractor for a consultation and explain to them your concerns. Hope you have a great experience!
A chiropractor can help reduce the pain and inflammation that often times accompany a herniated disc. You might want to look into something called Disc Decompression Therapy. Most chiropractors offer this type of therapy in office.

Hedie Adamous D.C.
A chiropractor would need X-rays, to determine whether it is due to trauma or Inflammatory issue. If the problem is not due to trauma then it is classified as an inflammatory process. If it is a tear in the disk then other methods would be , lazor treatment, nutrition, and pulse electromagnetic fields. In that case the procedure should be give Omaha 3 fatty acids to reduce the inflammation before adjustments would be acceptable. Our office is extremely educated in nutrition.
Yes, indirectly.
I have treat many patients with herniated cervical discs. Orthopedic or Neurologic consultation is important. Care must be taken to insure no aggravation of the symptoms with both the examination and treatment. The Doctor of Chiropractic must carefully monitor the patients progress. The are red flags that if the appear indicate a potential surgical case. Many individuals have herniated Cervical Disc and have no symptoms.
There is a very good possibility thru non-surgical spinal decompression. Of course x-rays and a MRI would be necessary to make the final decision in regards to seeing if you were a candidate for this.
It depends on the severity of the disc hernia Timon, but a chiropractor can help to give you some relief!
Yes, with caution, rotational adjustments can be irritating and cause aggravation of symptoms!
To fix a disc bulge in your neck, you will need to do spinal decompression. Chiropractors or physical therapists will have this. It is essentially traction of your neck. Regular adjustments from a chiropractor will help take pressure off and give you symptomatic relief. However, you will need the spinal decompression to fully fix the problem.
Hi, thanks for that question. I can tell you what is possible through my own experience. I had barely any disc left at C6/C7 and multiple disc protrusions throughout my spine. I am watching my disc regenerate and spurs come off my spine. I have been practicing for 35 years and the only chiropractic technique that I have ever seen that could do this was Advanced Biostructural Correction. I have been doing this technique for 15 years.
It depends on the severity. A MRI would let any practitioner see the extent of injury. Chiropractors today utilize many techniques that don't involve manipulation. If the injury is severe, not just the amount of pain, then it may not be a chiropractic case.
Yes. A Chiropractor can help with a cervical herniated disc. The reason the disc is herniated is because there is unequal pressure from the two vertebra the disc is sandwiched between. By getting adjustments it will help re-align the vertebra and get the pressure off of the disc and off of the nerves the disc is pushing on.
I am sorry you are suffering with this problem. The good news is that yes, a chiropractor can definitely help. In fact, chiropractic is one of the best options, however a proper evaluation is necessary. Standard exam procedures and tests such as reflexes, muscle strength, sensory testing, range of motion, and orthopedic tests will reveal the location and severity of the disc herniation. It sounds like you already have a diagnosis, so probably have had an MRI as well. I like to review all the available information and remove the guess work at the beginning. Patients with demonstrated disc herniation are given a traction unit to use at home every day, sometimes as much as 3x daily to relieve the pain, reduce the herniation, and preserve the vitality of the nerve root. In addition to specific adjustments various therapies may also be used, such as heat, ice, interferential current, ultrasound, and exercise. Do this right and avoid surgery.
Yes! While each case is different a thorough examination should give us the ability to determine if your case is one that can be helped. Look for doctors that have advanced training in The McKenzie method and are ready to work with your health care team.
Best wishes.
Yes thay can. I would recommend finding a Chiropractor who utilizes Cox Technique and/or the McKenzie Method for the best results.