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Healthy News January 2024 Disc Size Doesnt Necessarily Matter & 4 Ways To Ease Chronic Pain

picture of lumbar Burlington and Hamilton disc herniation 

DISC SIZE DOESN’T (necessarily) MATTER!

Now that is a twist on new year’s resolutions of dieting to downsize! With back pain and neck pain, a little disc isn’t necessarily pain-free. Surprised? If you have a small disc and pain, you aren’t! What does matter is (1) the amount of pressure the disc protrusion is placing on the nerve root and/or (2) the amount of chemical irritation is present if an extruded disc’s inner gel-like material has left the outer annular fibers and now encircles the spinal nerve(s) which has (have) never come in contact with each other before. Nerves hurt when this new chemical irritant comes in! A tiny disc extrusion can generate enormous pain if chemical irritation is involved. A huge disc protrusion may not cause pain at all if it doesn’t contact a spinal nerve. (1-7) A 2023 published study just concluded that the size of a disc protrusion did not show a noteworthy relationship to pain and function. (8) If you or a loved one or friend is beginning 2024 with Burlington and Hamilton back pain with or without sciatic leg pain or neck pain with or without arm pain radiculopathy, come visit Spinal Care Clinic for some Burlington and Hamilton pain relief with gentle, safe chiropractic Cox® Technic care!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Timothy Gagan on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about use of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for a patient experiencing back and leg pain because of a disc herniation.              

picture  of Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic tips to ease chronic pain: understanding, acknowledging emotions, undergoing manipulation, exercising 

Burlington and Hamilton CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: 4 Ways to Reduce Chronic Pain In 2024

As researchers and healthcare professionals try to establish practice guidelines (ex: WHO) in managing chronic pain (back, neck, etc.), they are analyzing influencing factors that chronic pain sufferers and their caregivers need to address for optimal clinical outcomes:

  1. Understand the condition. A clear understanding of the chronic primary low back pain condition via education/advice was associated with beneficial developments in pain, function, quality of life, and psychological outcomes. (9)
  2. Consider emotional influences. Adverse childhood events were found to be significantly related to chronic pain and pain-related disability as an adult. (10)
  3. Undergo spinal manipulation. A study of nonpharmacological pain management methods chosen by Medicare patients found that manipulative therapies, mainly chiropractic, have been the most extensively studied approaches. (11) Cox® Technic flexion-distraction - as we utilize in our chiropractic practice – benefitted a 67-year-old veteran who experienced chronic low back pain and intermittent lower extremity pain for many decades get overall improvement in his condition, reduce use of pain medication, and increase mobility after 4 sessions in just a short 4-week period. (12)
  4. Exercise. Structured exercise programs were documented to reduce pain and functional limitation in chronic low back pain patients. (13)
Only do any of these after we have a talk first! 

Make 2024 your year for pain relief! Spinal Care Clinic is ready to be your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic partner in this project. See you soon!

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