Reasons Why Chiropractic is the Best Option for Disc Herniation

If you’ve been diagnosed with a disc herniation, you might be worried about your options for recovery. You’ll be happy to know that chiropractic is a great alternative to risky procedures. A disc herniation occurs when one of the jelly-like discs in your spine loses its integrity and bulges or pushes out from its normal space. This can press on the nerves of your spine, causing pain or numbness in your hip and legs. Fortunately, chiropractic is a very effective way to relieve the pain of disc herniation for many patients. Here are the facts:
1. Chiropractic Works Just as Well as Spinal Injections – Two recent studies found that chiropractic is equally effective as spinal injections, costs less money, and has few side effects. This was found to be true for both cervical and lumbar disc herniation’s!
2. Spinal Injections Increase Risk of Bone Fractures – A study from 2013 found that every single epidural spinal injection increases the risk of spinal fractures by 21%!
3. Surgery is Risky – Did you know that up to 74% of back surgeries fail and leave patients in pain?
4. Chiropractic is one of the best ways to treat back pain, whether it’s caused by disc herniation or other problems. In fact, even the AMA recommends trying chiropractic before resorting to surgery!


Chiropractic More effective than Spinal Injections
Dr.Mat Ullom has helped many patients in Fort Collins  who have suffered from disc herniation’s and radicular pain. This 2013 study shows that chiropractic works just as well as spinal injections, which carry risks.

Epidural steroid injections are often used to treat disc herniation’s and back pain. Unfortunately, these injections only provide short-term relief, and come with side effects like dizziness, headache, and weakening of the spinal bones and muscles. They can even result in fractures of the spinal bones!

To see whether patients could avoid these dangers, this study compared the efficacy of epidural injections to chiropractic adjustments in 102 patients with lumbar disc herniation. 76% of chiropractic patients reported feeling “better” or “much better” after treatment, compared to 62.5% of injection patients. Chiropractic patients showed equal improvements in pain; 60% of chiropractic patients had significant reductions in pain, compared to 53% of injection patients.

Additionally, chiropractic patients had lower medical costs, saving an average of 23% compared to medical costs.

Increased Risk of Bone Fractures
A recent study found that spinal epidural injections increase the risk of spinal fractures. Dr. Mat Ullom has helped many patients in Fort Collins recover naturally from back pain, and this study highlights the risk of some medical procedures.

The study looked at 3,000 patients age 50 and older who had received epidural spinal injections. Researchers found that each injection increased the risk of spinal fractures by 21%!

Chiropractic has been shown to be an effective way of treating many types of back pain, including that caused by disc herniation’s. We’ve had much success treating patients in our clinic in Fort Collins. Chiropractic has the added benefit of being safe and natural, with very few side effects.

If you have had any of these symptoms and are seeking treatment with a Chiropractor in Fort Collins make your appointment today with Dr Mat Ullom BSc DC with Rocky Mountain Chiro Care located at 220 W Prospect Rd Ste D Fort Collins CO 80526 or call TODAY 970-491-9191 or 970-224-4852.

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