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Chiropractic Methods Found Effective and Cheaper Than Epidural during Treatment of Herniated Disc Discomfort

Herniated Disc Pain Treatment in North County St. Louis, MO

Herniated discs have burdened uncounted clients that have come to our North County St. Louis, MO practice. Fortunately, Dr. Holland has helped plenty of them bounce back swiftly and more completely. Herniated discs, also known as "slipped discs", can be treated with a handful of methods.

If you are suffering with irritation due to a herniated disc, then you are likely querying which option will work best for you. To support you in finding an answer to that inquiry, let's look at two of the most popularly selected treatment options: chiropractic/manipulative therapy and epidural.

A Study Comparing Outcomes from Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) and Nerve Root Injections (NRI)

A group of researchers recruited 102 participants, all of whom had chronically herniated discs validated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Every person selected had previously received 90 days of care via other applicable treatment options without achieving success.

The group of individuals was split into two groups. One group of the cohorts were treated with high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation treatment (chiropractic treatments). The remaining half of individuals were given nerve root injections (epidural).

The organizers of the study collected scores about the pain levels of every cohort before the care administered in the time of the research. Subsequently, one month following treatment, participants scored their disc herniation discomfort on the same range as before. The change between the two scores was used to calculate how effective the remedy was for remediating pain.

What did the study conclude in regards to spinal manipulations compared to nerve root injections?

More than 76% of the cohorts who were given chiropractic care scored a reduction in their discomfort. In the other group, less than 63% of the cohorts who were administered epidurals expressed a minimization in discomfort. The results suggest that chiropractic adjustments could possibly be more successful for caring for to remediate herniated disc discomfort.

Plus, there’s more. Beyond giving a higher amount of people some much needed relief from pain, researchers also determined that spinal manipulation was less expensive. Nerve root injection treatments were roughly $730 for each patient. The chiropractic care was less than $560 for the same time frame. This type of savings may surely assist with anyone’s budget. Spending less may make it more probable to obtain care for your disc herniation pain without additional burden.

If you are interested in a better likelihood of success and fewer expenses when it comes to your herniated disc care, 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

July 17, 2023
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