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Baton Rouge Disc Herniations Can Go Away

October 10, 2023

“You have a disc herniation.” doesn’t have to scare you. Conservative care helps lessen pain and even shrink the disc herniation. Surgery isn’t always required. Conservative care has been shown to reduce disc herniation and its associated back pain. Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers utilizes gentle spinal manipulation as part of the overall Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan.


A recent research meta-analysis report, the top-level review of medical literature on a specific topic, reported on the spontaneous resorption of a lumbar disc herniation with conservative treatment. In 31 studies, the researchers revealed that the overall resorption rate was 70.39%. By disc type, resorption rates varied from 13.33% to 87.77%. The resorption rate was greater for a ruptured, non-contained disc (fragment) than a contained disc. Resorption rates varied by country from 60.68% in China to 83.52% in Korea. (The US resorption rate was 61.66%.) The report stated that the resorption process primarily happened within 6 months of conservative treatment. (1) Another study of patient clinical outcomes in a single care center were analyzed for response to treatment of giant lumbar disc herniations. 41% of these patients’ "giant lumbar" discs showed resorption within 6 months, 37% in 6-12 months, and 32% after 12 months. The timespan for resorption was 1 month to 8 years. 59% of those who went through conservative care had more than 30% resorption. 25% had greater than 50% resorption. The authors of this study wrote that as long as there is no sign of progressive neurological deficit or cauda equina syndrome, conservative care was preferred since resorption was more probable with these disc protrusions that were in the spinal canal. (2) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers agrees that in the absence of nerve injury and/or cauda equina symptoms, conservative treatment - like our gentle, safe chiropractic spinal manipulation - is effective. Starting with the initial, complete examination of symptoms to the care at every visit, our Baton Rouge back pain and neck pain patients with disc herniations often find relief and a decrease in their fear of a disc herniation and its effect on their life.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr Coleman Cormier on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a patient with a large disc herniation.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. We’re here to lessen your fear of a disc herniation and help you find back pain and neck pain relief!

Baton Rouge chiropractic conservative care helps even giant disc herniations go away