Disc Centers Of America takes care of
Buffalo, NY neck pain patients with cervical spine disc
herniations that cause arm pain radiculopathy. Non-surgical care
of arm pain radiculopathy helps Buffalo, NY neck pain and arm pain sufferers find
some relief without surgery.
In managing for
cervical spine-related arm pain (aka cervical
radiculopathy), research guidelines report 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 collaborating
to establish guidelines for its non-surgical management and treatment
at various stages of pain including acute, subacute, and
chronic. (1) Disc Centers Of America uses such guidelines in planning non-surgical treatment
for our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients.
GUIDELINES FOR TREATING CERVICAL DISC HERNIATIONS
In reporting the non-surgical
guidelines, researchers described the risk-benefit ratio for
surgical treatment of cervical radiculopathy as less favorable
than for non-surgical, conservative care. In looking at
care of cervical radiculopathy through its phases, the
non-surgical interventions’ guidelines shift from more passive care in the acute phase 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 alleviates the
pain were valuable. 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 included}29}. (2) We find
that our neck and arm pain patients are ready for activities
like this that allow them to return 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 – reported motor deficits before 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
disc resorbed on a confirming repeat MRI, rendering surgery unnecessary.
The researcher conceded that more research was available
on the decrease
of lumbar disc herniations seen on MRI by 34.7% to 95% over 6 to 17 months
and total resolution of the disc in 43% to 75% yet postulated
that cervical disc herniations were likely to do
the same. (4) Like the author,
Disc Centers Of America holds out hope for our cervical disc herniation and cervical
radiculopathy patients that surgery may not be required. Our
conservative Buffalo, NY chiropractic treatment may
well help healing.
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