The difference between the chiropractic and the medical approaches to health care is never more clear than with the treatment of radiculopathy.
The medical approach entails their version of “conservative” treatment, including pain medications, prolonged spinal injections, or perhaps a prescription for physical therapy. Then, if their conservative treatment does not alleviate the pain, decompressive surgery, such as laminectomy and/or discectomy/microdiscectomy, may be recommended.
Chiropractors aptly describe radiculopathy as “nerve root irritation”, and the chiropractic approach for resolution is straightforward. If you have a rock in your shoe, and your foot hurts… do you need physical therapy, medications, or spinal injections? NO!!! You need your doctor (who is supposed to be the Sherlock Holmes of illness) to determine the CAUSE of the nerve root irritation (the rock), and to remove that obstacle from your path, so you can return to health.
Review the rest of this page to explore the real differences between these 2 approaches to health care, and the difference in their success rates. The conclusions will surprise you!