Korean J Pain.  2008 Apr;21(1):84-88. 10.3344/kjp.2008.21.1.84.

Spontaneous Regression of a Radiculopathic Cervical Herniated Disc following Non-surgical Treatment: 3 case reports

Affiliations
  • 1Pain Clinic Center, Bundang CHA General Hospital, College of Medicine, Pochon CHA University, Seongnam, Korea. pandjo@paran.com
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, Mokpo Hankook Hospital, Mokpo, Korea.
  • 3Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Mokpo Hankook Hospital, Mokpo, Korea.
  • 4Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea.

Abstract

The spontaneous regression of herniated cervical discs is not a well established phenomenon. However, we encountered the 3 cases of spontaneous regression of severe radiculopathic herniated cervical discs that were treated using a non-surgical method. Each of the patients were treated with a combination of manipulation, dry needling and analgesics. In each case, the symptoms improved within 12 months of treatment and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) conducted at that time revealed marked regression of the herniated disc in all cases. These cases provide additional examples of spontaneous regression of herniated cervical discs documented by MRI following non-surgical treatment.

Keyword

cervical disc herniation; non-surgical treatment; spontaneous regression

MeSH Terms

Analgesics
Humans
Intervertebral Disc Displacement
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Analgesics
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