Successful Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation/Spinal Stenosis
We have been treating a 48 year old male for 1 month who has been diagnosed with moderate to
severe lumbar disc herniations at L4-L5, and L5-S1 levels, with marked spinal stenosis at L4-L5.
He had a recent MRI examination confirming this diagnosis. The patient has had a chronic low
back history for 20 years with occasional flare-ups. Prior to this episode he had responded well
with chiropractic care. His last acute episode was 10 years ago. Over this past summer he had
been doing repetitive lifting over the course of several months, and started having low back pain
with radiation into the left lower extremity. He visited his local chiropractor who treated him for
about 2 weeks unsuccessfully. He was referred to our clinic for evaluation.
At the time of his initial evaluation he had a pain scale reading of 7 out of 10. He had clear
subjective and objective findings to substantiate an exacerbation of the disc conditions. He was
started immediately on a treatment program of spinal traction, physical therapy and the use of
herbal patch as recommended. The first week of treatment he noticed a 10-20% reduction of
symptoms, and after 3 weeks a 60-70% reduction. After a month of using the patches his pain
scale is at 1-2 average. He is now on a therapeutic exercise program with continued treatment,
being seen 1-2 week, and still using the herbal patches.
He is very happy with the treatment, and his eventual recovery. He will be monitored for the next
2-3 months and his treatments will be decreased as he improves. I will recommend the herbal
patches still be used for the 3 month protocol.
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Spinal Stenosis Treatment - Case Study 1
Mark Brandwein, DC
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