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Vancouver Disc Herniations Can Go Away

“You have a disc herniation.” does not have to strike fear in you. Conservative care helps reduce pain and even shrink the disc herniation. Surgery is not always needed. Conservative care has been shown to shrink disc herniation and its associated back pain. Vancouver Disc Centers utilizes gentle spinal manipulation as part of the general Vancouver chiropractic care treatment plan.


A new research meta-analysis report, the top-level review of medical literature on a given 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 type of disc, resorption rates ranged from 13.33% to 87.77%. The frequency of resorption was higher for a ruptured, non-contained disc (fragment) than a contained disc. Resorption rates differed by country from 60.68% in China to 83.52% in Korea. (In the US, the resorption rate was 61.66%.) The report said that the resorption process primarily occurred within 6 months of conservative treatment. (1) Another study regarding patient clinical outcomes in one care center were analyzed for response to treatment of giant lumbar disc herniations. 41% of these patients’ "giant lumbar" discs appeared on imaging to have resorbed 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% experienced 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 likely with these disc protrusions that extended into the spinal canal. (2) Vancouver Disc Centers agrees that when there is no sign of nerve injury and/or cauda equina symptoms, conservative treatment - like our gentle, safe chiropractic spinal manipulation - is effective. Starting with the initial, thorough examination of symptoms to the treatment at each visit, our Vancouver back pain and neck pain patients with disc herniations often find relief and a reduction in their fear of their disc herniation and its impact 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 illustrates his use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a patient with a large disc herniation.

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Vancouver chiropractic conservative care helps even giant disc herniations go away 
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