Most patients who suffer from back-related leg pain are treated with a prescription medication and/or injections and see improvement in their pain, but need additional therapies for optimal results. Or, patients may opt for a more intensive, surgical solution and receive only some short-term benefits.
That’s where spinal manipulation could help. According to a study from the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, spinal manipulative therapy in conjunction with home exercise and advice provided a significant improvement in short-term pain and function than home exercise and advice alone.
The physicians at American Spine provide patients with a variety of treatment options; some of which include injections, medication and minimally invasive surgeries for pain relief. However, we also feel other therapies can support these pain-suppressing efforts.
Spinal manipulative therapy, also known as chiropractic adjustment, consists of a series of techniques to restore or enhance joint function, reduce joint inflammation and minimize pain. This therapy, supplemented by American Spine treatments, could improve low back and leg pain.
During the study, researchers used questionnaires to measure self-reported outcomes during visits in the 3rd, 12th, 26th, and 52nd weeks. Independent examiners assessed patients at the baseline visit and at 12 weeks.
Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) plus home exercise and advice (HEA) demonstrated a clinically significant advantage over just home exercise and advice after 12 weeks. The data can be seen below*:
- At 12 weeks, 37% of patients receiving SMT plus HEA had at least a 75% reduction in leg pain, compared with 19% in the HEA group. Pain was completely relieved in 20% of those in the SMT plus HEA group compared with 5% in the HEA group.
- At 12 weeks, 56% of patients in the SMT plus HEA group reported using medication for their symptoms compared with 63% in the HEA group.
- At 52 weeks, the SMT plus HEA group experienced more improvement in global improvement, satisfaction, and medication use only than the HEA group. Medication use was reported by 42% of those in the SMT plus HEA group compared with 66% of those in the HEA group.
If you’resuffering from back-related leg pain, schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today to determine the best treatment plan for you. Injections, medicine and minimally invasive surgeries have provided many of our patients with the relief they were looking for, and we could do the same for you. Call to set-up an appointment today.
At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).
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