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Is chiropractic treatment effective for sciatica pain from a bulging disc?

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Up to 80 percent of individuals report that chiropractic care effectively treated pain associated with bulging disks, reports Washington Chiropractic Center. Health professionals agree that the theories behind spinal decompression are valid, but there is a lack of significant evidence that chiropractic treatments are effective against bulging disks, adds Spine-health.

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Chiropractors treat bulging disks in the back using decompression techniques on the affected area of the spine, reports Spine-health. The theory of non-surgical decompression is well accepted in the medical community and done for a number of reasons. First, by making an area of negative pressure between vertebrae, the disk can reposition or retract from the pinched nerves. In addition, this added space between vertebrae allows for the increased circulation of nutrients and healing factors into the spine.

While the Washington Chiropractic Center touts the healing benefits of these non-surgical therapies, other health professionals are not as convinced. Inconsistent studies and evidence has left medical professionals with the opinion that chiropractic therapy is no more effective in treating bulging disks than less expensive methods, reports Spine-health. However, this conclusion is partly due to the poor design of these studies. Many did not include appropriate numbers of study participants to make significant conclusions, or did not use subject blinding or a placebo treatment.

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