Overview – Lumbar Disc Herniation

TWO-THIRDS OF HERNIATED DISCS HEAL ON THEIR OWN!! – RESULTS FROM A RECENT META-ANALYSIS

Too many people think that once you have a lumbar disc herniation (disc bulge), that you’ve got it for life. Well, a recent meta-analysis has shown that 2/3 of disc bulges spontaneously heal on their own! Many of them within a few months too, not years.

Conclusion from the paper: “Because the overall incidence of disc r=de-herniation is now 66.66% according to our results, conservative treatment may become the first choice of treatment.”

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Significance

This is an incredible finding for the benefits of conservative (non-surgical) treatment. Now, there is a time and place for lumbar surgery. However, there is a current trend for this to be the first option for people to take.  Currently, upon receiving MRI results – people are racing to book in for the soonest neurosurgery, without contemplating the risks associated with surgery. This study reveals the importance of conservative management, as it allows the body to get its greatest opportunity to heal on its own!

Conservative treatment allows the avoidance of the following surgery risks:

  • Post-surgical impairments (pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion)
  • Psychological issues associated with surgery
  • Potential non-improvement of symptoms
  • Surgical risks in theatre
  • Financial burden

Thus, this study is a big step forward for the treatment of lumbar disc herniations. This allows patients to remain active in their health and wellbeing, which is a great step to avoiding the passive nature of surgery.