March 2019 Healthy News: Georgetown Chiropractic Care Helps Motor Strength Come Back

 Georgetown chiropractic helps return motor strength loss due to a disc herniation and sciatica return over time.

Leg pain (lumbosacral radiculopathy or sciatica) and loss of motor strength naturally concern Georgetown back pain patients. ”When will I get back to ‘normal’?” is a usual question. Keep in mind that published papers show that treatment outcomes are very alike for surgical and non-surgical care of disc herniation patients with sciatic radiculopathy. (1) One benchmark study stated that loss of motor strength because of sciatic nerve damage came back over 3 years with 10% in 6 months, 30% at 1 year, 50% at 2 years and 75% at 3 years. (2) A brand-new article concurs: Improvement returns over time irrespective of treatment (surgery or non-surgery). The majority of patients in this latest study did not choose surgery. Almost all of them regained full strength at 1 year with it characteristically happening in the first 3 months though on-going recovery lasted a year. (3) Dr. Butwell says “Do not hold back!” Ask Dr. Butwell the hard questions. We’ll present the research-documented facts for you to consider.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Howard Rosenberg on The Back Doctor’s Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about helping an athletic, healthy patient who found himself foot drop and decreased muscle strength as a result of a disc herniation with leg pain sciatica/radiculopathy. His chiropractic care utilizing the Cox® Technic System helped him resume walking and playing tennis!

 Dr. Butwell sees benefit in recommending back belts to back pain sufferers.


Georgetown back pain patients fear moving, concerned that they may cause pain. Back belts and braces decrease pain and fear of pain and foster a return to usual activities of life. (4) For back pain patients who suffer with spinal stenosis, back belts enhanced their walking distance. (5) And for acute compression fractures, a back brace is usually implemented. A soft brace was equally effective as a rigid brace to prevent spinal deformity, enhance quality of life, and reduce back pain. (6) Back belts are not necessary forever, but for short-term and for certain conditions, they are beneficial!

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