Georgetown Disc Herniations Can Go Away

October 10, 2023

“You have a disc herniation.” does not have to scare you. Conservative care helps reduce pain and even reduce the disc herniation. Surgery isn’t always necessary. Conservative care appeared to reduce disc herniation and its associated back pain. Dr. Butwell utilizes gentle spinal manipulation as part of the general Georgetown chiropractic treatment plan.


A new research meta-analysis report, the top-level review of medical literature on a specific topic, reported on 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 frequency of resorption was greater for a ruptured, non-contained disc (fragment) than a contained disc. Resorption rates varied by country from 60.68% in China to 83.52% in Korea. (The US resorption rate was 61.66%.) The report said that the resorption process mainly happened within 6 months of conservative treatment. (1) Another study regarding patient clinical outcomes in a single treatment center were analyzed 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 12 months. The range of time for resorption was 1 month to 8 years. 59% of those who went through conservative care had greater than 30% resorption. 25% experienced greater than 50% resorption. The authors of this study wrote that as long as there is no sign of progressive nerve damage or cauda equina syndrome, conservative care was preferred since resorption was more probable with these disc protrusions that were in the spinal canal. (2) Dr. Butwell agrees that when there is no sign of nerve injury and/or cauda equina symptoms, conservative treatment - like our gentle, safe chiropractic spinal manipulation - is helpful. Starting with the initial, thorough examination of symptoms to the treatment at every visit, our Georgetown back pain and neck pain patients with disc herniations often get relief and a decrease 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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Georgetown chiropractic conservative care helps even huge disc herniations go away