A new study looked at the effects of three months of chiropractic care in people with lumbar disc injury that caused nerve compression (sciatica). The people had to have failed a three-month course of care "including treatment with analgesics, lifestyle modification, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and/or acupuncture."
The study found that "Sixty percent of patients with sciatica who had failed other medical management benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention." This is yet another study demonstrating that for persistent low back problems chiropractic treatment is very effective, even where other modalities fail.
There is a misconception, particularly in the medical field, that lumbar disc injury is a contraindication for chiropractic care. To the contrary, it should be considered a first-line treatment! It should be noted that this study was authored by both chiropractors and neurosurgeons.
Read the study.