Reduction of lumbar disc prolapse by manipulation

Br Med J. 1969 Sep 20;3(5672):696-7. doi: 10.1136/bmj.3.5672.692-a.


In two patients with symptoms and signs characteristic of a mechanical lumbar spine disorder epidurography showed the presence of small disc prolapses. Treatment by manipulation relieved the symptoms of lumbago, and repeat epidurography showed that the prolapses were reduced in size. Reduction of disc prolapse by manipulation has not before been objectively demonstrated.

MeSH terms

  • Back Pain / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / therapy*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Manipulation, Orthopedic*
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging