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The spine is made up of an intricate arrangement of bones and discs, surrounded by ligaments and soft tissue, all of which work efficiently together to handle maximum load.
Lumbar discs are gel-filled cushions that function as shock absorbers between the bony vertebrae. Wear-and-tear changes or injury to the discs can lead to bulging or rupture (herniation). Significant disc herniations can compress the lumbar nerves, causing sciatica/leg pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs.
Sometimes patients assume that having a disc herniation is something they will have to live with for the rest of their lives. Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) is one of the most frequent reasons for lumbar surgery. However, a study conducted
from 2007 through 2015 followed a patient who had suffered from constant low back pain with varying pain intensity for a period of two years and had recently developed sciatica despite being under continuous care by three different practitioners. Due to lack of symptomatic relief from his condition, he was motivated to keep trying different chiropractors, as well as seeing his medical doctor who had prescribed him a variety of medications.
Upon his visit with a CBP practitioner, the patient received an MRI of the low back and a CBP treatment was designed to address and rehabilitate his LDH diagnosis. The patient was treated three times a week for six months with periodic re-examinations. Thereafter, the patient was recommended a supportive care plan and treated once per month.
A comprehensive examination and follow-up occurred at the 3-month, 6-month, and 8 year follow-up. As of 2015; the patient had received 142 treatments. His low back health status has not changed for several years. He reported to be very well and still highly active, running 4–5 times a week a distance of 7 to 10 miles. All orthopedic tests were normal. The CBP lumbar extension traction methods designed specifically for this patient significantly improved his overall condition and spine health. The patient did not have to use surgical procedures to correct his LDH issues and was relieved of pain symptoms completely.
If you suffer from sciatica or low back issues, call 301-656-2435 and schedule a free consultation.