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Toronto Disc Herniations Can Go Away

“You have a disc herniation.” doesn’t have to scare you. Conservative care helps lessen pain and even reduce the disc herniation. Surgery isn’t always necessary. Conservative care appeared to reduce disc herniation and its associated back pain. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre utilizes gentle spinal manipulation as part of the overall Toronto chiropractic care treatment plan.


A new research meta-analysis report, the top-level review of medical literature on a specific topic, detailed the spontaneous resorption of a lumbar disc herniation with conservative treatment. In 31 studies, the researchers found that the overall resorption rate was 70.39%. By disc type, resorption rates varied from 13.33% to 87.77%. The resorption rate 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 concluded that the resorption process primarily occurred within 6 months of conservative treatment. (1) Another study of patient clinical outcomes in a single care center were evaluated 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 a year. The timespan for resorption was 1 month to 8 years. 59% of those who went through conservative care had greater than 30% resorption. 25% had greater than 50% resorption. The authors of this study stated that as long as there is no sign of progressive nerve damage or cauda equina syndrome, conservative care was preferred as resorption was more likely with these disc protrusions that extended into the spinal canal. (2) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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 Toronto back pain and neck pain patients with disc herniations often report relief and a reduction in their fear of their 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.

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Toronto chiropractic conservative care helps even huge disc herniations go away 
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