Back Pain, Disc Herniations and Chiropractic

It has been estimated that up to 30% of people have an active herniation of the discs of the lower back at any one time. Old disc herniations can often be painless for years and flare due to certain motions or positions. Often very mundane daily activities can cause disc pain to flare up. Disc pain often involves lower back pain and pain below the knee is common (sciatica). Often a person with a disc problem has multiple bouts of lower back pain that resolve over a period of months or years. Chiropractic care is an accepted mode of care for even active disc herniations and may often aid in pain relief and recovery.
Sciatica may result when the nerves of the lower back become compressed or irritated. Pain may also be referred into the leg by pain from the sacro-iliac joints or facet joints as well but the pain usually does not extend down the leg.
Almost all disc herniations in the lower back involve the lowest two discs in the back. Weakness in the foot and numbness on the outside of the lower leg are often suggestive of a disc herniation. Numbness in the back of the calf or bottom of the foot may also indicate disc herniation. The test used most often by Chiropractors is the straight leg raising test. This is test most often used to determine if back pain is due to a disc herniation. The person lies on their back and the leg is raised. If pain is present below the knee it is often indicative of a herniated disc. MRI is the procedure of choice to diagnose a disc herniation. MRI is seldom used in the first 4 weeks of an episode of back pain unless the pain is very severe and no relief can be had by other methods.
Dr. Tom Etter, D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractic) is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and have been in Chiropractic practice in Olathe and Lenexa, Kansas for over ten years. His Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injuries.

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I help people through chiropractic care and acupuncture.
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