Young Chiropractic cares for Easley neck pain patients due to cervical spine disc herniations that trigger arm pain radiculopathy. Non-surgical care of arm pain radiculopathy eases Easley neck pain and arm pain non-surgically.
In managing for cervical spine-related arm pain known as cervical radiculopathy, research guidelines describe conservative management as a first-line treatment option over surgery. Clinically, cervical radiculopathy can appear as numbness, paresthesia, motor change, reflex change and/or sensory change. Researchers have been working to set guidelines for its non-surgical management and treatment at various stages of pain including acute, subacute, and chronic. (1) Young Chiropractic considers such guidelines in planning non-surgical treatment for our Easley chiropractic patients.
GUIDELINES FOR TREATING CERVICAL DISC HERNIATIONS
In presenting the non-surgical guidelines, researchers explained the risk-benefit ratio for surgical treatment of cervical radiculopathy as less favorable than for non-surgical, conservative care. In looking at care of cervical radiculopathy through its phases, the non-surgical interventions’ guidelines move from acute/more passive care to chronic/more active, individualized, self-managed care. Particularly, for the acute stage, multimodal management including spinal manipulation, patient education, exercise, and positioning that relieves the pain were valuable. For subacute cervical radiculopathy, increased specific exercises, supervised motor control motions and/or mobilization may be incorporated. In the chronic phase, patients may profit from general aerobic exercise and strength training, postural instruction, and ergonomic assessment of job-related activities, general aerobic exercise and strength training, postural instruction, and ergonomic assessment of job-related activities may be included}29}. (2) We find that our neck and arm pain patients appreciate activities like this that get them back to living.
TIME AND THE CERVICAL DISC HERNIATION
Overall, in a recent systematic review study, 56.4% of degenerative cervical radiculopathy patients - 39.1% of conservatively treated patients and 60.5% of surgically treated patients – recorded motor deficits before treatment. (3) A spine surgeon presented a case report of a patient who was ready to undergo cervical spine discectomy/fusion surgery for a C4-C5 disc herniation whose disc resorbed on a confirming repeat MRI, rendering surgery needless. The researcher conceded that more research was available on lumbar disc herniations’ decreasing as seen on MRI by 34.7% to 95% over 6 to 17 months and total resorption of the disc in 43% to 75% yet postulated that cervical disc herniations were likely to do the same. (4) Like the author, Young Chiropractic holds out hope for our cervical disc herniation and cervical radiculopathy patients that surgery may not be necessary. Our conservative Easley chiropractic treatment may well help in relieving the symptoms and pain.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Umar Ellahie on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes cervical radiculopathy and its relieving care with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your Easley chiropractic appointment soon. Cervical radiculopathy and cervical disc herniation sufferers experience a pain-relieving partner at our office.