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Influence of Manual Therapies in Lumbar Disc Herniation– A Case Study

Leonard Acasandrei () and Alina Helgiu ()
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Leonard Acasandrei: National University of Physical Education and Sports, Bucharest
Alina Helgiu: Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Medicine, Romania

Proceedings CATES 2017, 2018, vol. 4, 1-8

Abstract: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has so far been the best way to diagnose disc herniation, the high resolution of images taken on various vertebral tissues allowing the observation, in different planes, of situations such as: the displacement of dural sac and nerve roots, the disc hydration status, which are important data for the diagnosis and prognosis of disc disease. Manual therapies mainly aim at restoring the lost joint mobility, but also the balance of muscular, skeletal and cranial systems. To this purpose, manipulation techniques are used for decompression of the nerve root affected by disc herniation, spinal hypomobility and normalisation of the muscles that are peripheral to the lesion. From the arsenal of therapeutic techniques used in disc herniation, joint manipulation is a physiotherapeutic technique recommended with some reluctance by specialist physicians, often due to the auraof mysticism surrounding it and the risk of adverse reactions during its application by therapists with little experience in this area. We believe that, by using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), we can have an efficient instrument to monitor the progression of herniated disc, which provides well-objectified individual profiles.

Keywords: manual therapies; disc herniation; vertebral manipulation. Title of Book: Communicative Action & Transdisciplinarity in the Ethical Society (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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