The short answer is YES! The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published an article showing some rather impressive results. Of course it has been well known amongst us chiropractors for years. A brief synopsis of the results are below.
Significant improvement for all outcomes at all time points was reported (P < .0001). At 3 months, 90.5% of patients were “improved” with 88.0% “improved” at 1 year. Although acute patients improved faster by 3 months, 81.8% of chronic patients reported “improvement” with 89.2% “improved” at 1 year. There were no adverse events reported.
Yeah I know a bit of jargon in there. The take home is upwards of 90% of patients with a herniated disc improve with NO adverse effects. Meaning no nasty side effects that you can have from pain medications, muscle relaxers, spinal injections and surgery.
We work a lot with Borgess Hospital for imaging and neurosurgical consultations. Taking a conservative approach to treating disc herniations is most effective. Surgery should be the last option. Even if you have had back or neck surgery you should still be getting adjusted. Instrument adjustments are safe and effective in treating all types of previous surgically intervened spines.
Give us a call, we would love to work with you on a plan to get you back to enjoying life.
Here is a link to an article based on the study results.