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New Study Shows Chiropractic Adjustment/Manipulation Not a Cause of Disc Herniation



A Natural Connection November 2018

© The Wellness Practice © Dr. James L. Chestnut M.Sc, D.C., C.C.W.P.


Hincapie, C. A., Tomlinson, G.A., Cote, P., Rampersaud, Y.R., Cassidy, J.D. (2018) Chiropractic Care and Risk for Acute Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Population-based Self-controlled Case Series Study Eur Spine J Jul;27(7):1562-1537




"195 cases of acute LDH [lumbar disc herniation] with early surgery (within 8 weeks) were identified in a population of more than 100 million person-years."


"The risk of acute LDH with early surgery associated with chiropractic visits was no higher than the risk associated with PCP [primary care medical physician] visits."


"We found no evidence of excess risk for acute LDH with early surgery associated with chiropractic compared with primary medical care."










"Our population-based self-controlled case series study found positive associations between acute LDH requiring ED visit and early surgical intervention, and health care visits to both chiropractors and PCPs. This suggests that patients with prodromal back pain related to a developing disc herniation seek healthcare from both chiropractors and PCPs before full clinical expression of acute LDH that is subsequently managed with early surgery."





Key Concepts:


Despite misinformation to the contrary, there is no evidence that chiropractic adjustment/manipulation poses any risk with respect to causing disc herniation. In fact, valid scientific evidence shows that chiropractic poses no greater risk of disc herniation than visiting a medical doctor who does not even touch the spine.




Key Take Home Points:


The fact that some disc herniations have been reported after chiropractic care is due to the fact that patients whose discs are already injured and about to herniate have symptoms which cause them to seek chiropractic care.


Disc herniations cause patients to seek chiropractic care, chiropractic care does not cause disc herniations. Not only is chiropractic safer than medical care, it is also much more effective. Chiropractic care is also safer, less expensive, and more effective than surgery. Once again, research proves that there simply is no more evidence-based, more effective, or safer care option than chiropractic.





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