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Chiropractic Care Shown as Effective and Cheaper Than Epidural for Herniated Disc Discomfort

Slipped Disc Care in North County St. Louis, MO

Herniated discs have afflicted many patients that have been treated in our North County St. Louis, MO office. Fortunately, Dr. Holland has assisted many of them recover quickly and more effectively. Herniated discs, also known as "slipped discs", can be treated with multiple strategies.

If you are feeling pain caused by a herniated disc, then you are likely wondering which option will provide the best outcome for you. To support you in solving that question, let's look at two of the most frequently employed therapies: chiropractic/manipulative therapy and epidural.

A Study Analyzing Results from Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) and Nerve Root Injections (NRI)

A body of researchers from Switzerland compared 102 participants, all of whom had chronically herniated discs verified by medical imaging. Any patient chosen had already undergone three months of care via alternatively applicable remedies without achieving satisfaction.

The body of individuals was divided into two treatment paths. The first group of the cohorts were treated with high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation treatment (chiropractic treatments). The remaining half of people in the study were given nerve root injections (epidural).

The researchers collected data regarding the pain levels of every cohort in advance of the remedy given at the time of the research. Subsequently, one month following the receiving of treatment, patients rated their disc herniation discomfort on the same scale as at the beginning. The difference between the two reports was used to gauge how useful the care may have been for improving pain.

What did the research uncover about chiropractic adjustments compared to epidurals?

Greater than 76% of the individuals who received chiropractic care recorded a decrease in their discomfort. On the other side, fewer than 63 percent of the cohorts who were administered epidurals scored a reduction in discomfort. The scores offer that chiropractic treatment may be more successful when caring for to resolve herniated disc pain.

And, that isn't everything. Beyond providing a larger quantity of people some much needed pain relief, researchers also determined that spinal manipulation was less expensive. Epidural treatments cost about $730 for each recipient. The chiropractic care ran less than $560 for an equal time frame. This amount of savings could certainly help with one’s medical expenses. Spending less can make it easier to pursue care of your disc herniation pain without extra worry.

If you are interested in a greater chance of success and lesser expenses when it comes to your herniated disc treatment, give Dr. Holland a call today at (314) 867-8888 to schedule an appointment.


Peterson, CK et al. (2013, May). Symptomatic magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed lumbar disk herniation patients: a comparative effectiveness prospective observational study of 2 age-and sex-matched cohorts treated with either high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulative therapy or image-guided lumbar nerve root injections. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 36(4), 218-225, doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.005

October 03, 2022
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