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Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Cervical and Lumbar Disc Herniation?

Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Cervical and Lumbar Disc Herniation?

Studies show that chiropractic care helps with degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, and similar illnesses.

You may have heard the terms degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, disc protrusion, slipped disc and ruptured disc before.  Not many people realize that they all refer to the same thing: a derangement of the intervertebral disc.  Pain caused by a cervical or lumbar disc injury is a common reason for many people to seek chiropractic care; however it is also a common reason for people to think that chiropractic treatment is dangerous for them.  So what does the research say?

Chiropractic Treatment Disc Herniation

In a study by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 27 patients who had documented and symptomatic disc herniations in the cervical or lumbar spine were evaluated before and after a course of chiropractic care that included traction, flexion distraction, spinal manipulative therapy (adjustments), physiotherapy and rehabilitative exercises.  The results were measured with before and after MRI scans as well as subjective pain assessments.

Lumbar Disc Herniation Back PainEighty percent (80%) of patients reported their pain to have decreased to under two on a pain scale from 0 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible level of pain. Sixty-three percent (63%) of their MRI scans confirmed either a reduction in size or complete resorption of herniated disc material.  Seventy-eight percent (78%) of patients in the study who were previously out of work due to pain were able to return to their job.
This means that not only did the patients’ pain substantially diminish, the size of the disc herniation was decreasing, which meant that it was actually healing.

While everyone’s specific condition may be different, this study confirms that not only is chiropractic care safe for the treatment of cervical and lumbar disc injuries, it is beneficial for pain reduction and recovery for the majority of people seeking care.

Personally, I get excited to treat patients with disc herniations because I had one myself.  In my early 20s, I ended up with a disc bulge at L4-L5 and a herniation at L5-S1 with an immense amount of low back pain and pain radiating down my left leg.  It affected every part of my life, even bending over to tie my shoes or brush my teeth.  I will never forget wondering if I would have to get surgery or be in pain for the rest of my life.

Lumbar Disc HerniationThankfully, I was able to find a great chiropractor and my symptoms responded well to treatment.  A follow-up MRI examination showed that the disc bulge at L4-L5 had healed completely, and the herniation at L5-S1 was in the process of healing and was only a disc bulge instead of a large left sided herniation.  Because I vividly remember being the patient, I am able to connect with my patients and offer them not only hope for recovery, but also simple ways of modifying everyday activities in order to put less pressure on their discs and help them heal faster.

It is important to remember that not all situations are the same and some do in fact require more aggressive pain management treatment or surgical procedures.  Chiropractors are trained to recognize any red flags and make referrals to necessary specialists if any patients do not qualify for chiropractic care.  But as the study above shows, the vast majority of people with pain caused by a disc derangement respond well to chiropractic care and treatment helps them miss less time from work.

So give us a call, we would love to help you get your life back today!

Dr. Allamm Morales, M.D.

Dr. Allamm Morales has over 15 years experience in personal injury and a wide range of neurological disorders. He has privilege, and provides patient care in local Baptist hospitals.

He was Chief Resident at the Neurology Residency Program of the University of South Florida, and worked at the Florida Hospital of New Smyrna, and St. Luke Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He also served many years with the Florida Neurology Institute, Inc.

Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Morales studied in Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, had residency at the Caibarien General Hospital, Cuba, and obtained the MD degree at the Superior Institute of Medical Science in Cuba.

Fiaz Jaleel, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehab, Pain Management

“Life is short and precious. As a Physiatrist and Pain Physician my goal for my patients is to reduce their pain and suffering, enhance form, improve function and ultimately promote the best quality of life for that individual.”

Dr. Fiaz Jaleel graduated from the University of The West Indies in 1987. He completed a two year internship at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL and went on to do a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis , MO. In 2007, Dr. Jaleel joined the team at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians as Medical Director. He is currently Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine via the American Board of Pain Medicine.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Jaleel held positions as an Intern, House officer, and District Medical Officer. He has also practiced in Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Central and North Florida.

While practicing in Trinidad , Dr. Jaleel also worked in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Community Medicine.

Dr. Jaleel has encountered many diseases, disorders and clinical situations related to multiple aspects of trauma including penetrating and non-penetrating injuries, motor vehicular accidents and concomitant injuries including intra-abdominal injuries, closed head injuries, fractures and burns.

When not treating his patients, Dr. Jaleel enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Jaleel has the following affiliations:
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, Florida Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Medical Association

Deric L. D’Agostino, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

“The health of a body is in direct proportion to the health of its nervous system. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body, tap into that and “miracles” will most certainly happen!”

Dr. Deric D’Agostino attended the Logan College of Chiropractic and has been helping patients at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians for the past nine years. Around here we call him “Dr. D.”

Dr. D’Agostino specializes in Koren Specific Technique and in the treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. He is a master of his craft and firmly believes that chiropractic treatment can not only help the body but also the mind. His sense of humor and the personal attention that he provides really puts patients at ease.

Dr. D’Agostino genuinely listens to the patient while working very hard to erase their pain-inducing symptoms. He is always seeking out continuing education and new methodology to add to his care repertoire.

When he is not helping patients find relief, Dr. D’Agostino enjoys training for sprint triathlons, gardening, as well as being an awesome father and husband. You will most likely find him at our Arlington location dawning a huge smile while drinking his homemade juice.