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Decompression by Chiropractor for herniated C5-C6 disc

By MRI, and by symptoms, my diagnosis is a herniated disc at C5-C6.  At age 76, my cervical spine has numerous bulging discs, and narrowed disc spaces, , My orthopedic doctor has referred me to an anesthetist for an epidural steroid shot(s).  I've gone to my chiropractor hoping for a simpler remedy and prompter pain relief while waiting for an appointment with the anesthetist.  My chiropractor has recommended a series (10) of decompression treatments, three a week.  I have confidence in my Chiropractor.  I'm wondering if anyone else has had success with decompression treatments as a remedy for a herniated cervical disc. I am told that decompression will probably alleviate the left shoulder and arm pain and partial numbness, particularly in the little finger, and that it will also be beneficial for the entire cervical spine.  I am posting in hope of obtaining comments regarding the benefits of decompression treatments to remedy a herniated cervical disc, and thanking those responding in advance.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,265

    As you read more of the forums here, you will find that the majority of members will say Do not go to a chiropractor, especially after there is a known disc problem.  So many people have identified that the chiropractors did more  harm.

    Before I would try any treatment, I would get the opinion from the orthopedic doctor or some other spine specialist.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • davealex- I would think really hard about a chiropractor, my dad went to one years ago and got adjusted, ended up wearing a brace on his left leg for the rest of his life due to a crushed nerve. I also have a very good friend that got his neck adjusted, nerve got crushed and he ended up losing the use of his right arm and emergency surgery, he has gained some motion back now but has no grip strength in his hand at all. Two of these stories is enough for me.

    Spine-Health Moderator

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  • Yes. I got the same story. Was told ten chiropractic treatments as well, I believe. Got three, which resulted in worsening pain. Eventually I was in so much pain that I was bedridden. Found an amazing surgeon and had artificial disc replacement. My disc was so bad that it was herniated and free fragments had broken off and lodged in the nerve. The surgeon said it was like removing shards of glass. I believe the chiropractic adjustments may have caused this splintering. I would strongly avoid chiropractic adjustments if you have a herniated disc.

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