Back And Neck Care Center treats
Severna Park neck pain patients with cervical spine disc
herniations that cause arm pain radiculopathy. Non-surgical care
of arm pain radiculopathy helps Severna Park neck pain and arm pain sufferers experience
some relief without surgery.
In managing for
cervical spine-related arm pain (aka cervical
radiculopathy), research guidelines describe conservative
management as a first-line treatment option over surgery.
Clinically, cervical radiculopathy can pose as motor
change, paresthesia, reflex change, numbness 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) Back And Neck Care Center considers such guidelines in planning non-surgical treatment
for our Severna Park chiropractic patients.
GUIDELINES FOR TREATING CERVICAL DISC HERNIATIONS
In writing 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. When studying the
care of cervical radiculopathy through its phases, the
non-surgical interventions’ guidelines shift from acute/more
passive care to more active, individualized, self-managed
care in the chronic phase. Particularly, for the acute
stage, multimodal management involving spinal manipulation, patient
education, exercise, and positioning that eases the
pain were helpful. For subacute cervical
radiculopathy, enhanced specific exercises, supervised motor
control motions and/or mobilization may be added. For chronic pain, general aerobic exercise and
strength training, postural instruction, and ergonomic assessment of
job-related activities may be incorporated}29}. (2) We know
that our neck and arm pain patients are ready for 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 – described motor deficits prior to treatment. (3) A
spine surgeon described a case report of a patient headed for cervical spine discectomy/fusion surgery
for a C4-C5 disc herniation whose repeated MRI showed that the disc had resorbed, making surgery unnecessary.
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 apt to do
the same. (4) Like the author,
Back And Neck Care Center holds out hope for our cervical disc herniation and cervical
radiculopathy patients that surgery may not be required. Our
conservative Severna Park 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
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describes cervical radiculopathy and its relieving care with
The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
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