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Chiropractic Care Found Effective and More Economical Than Epidural for Herniated Disc Pain

Herniated Disc Pain Treatment in Downtown St. Louis, MO

Herniated discs have bothered numerous clients that have come to our Downtown St. Louis, MO practice. Fortunately, Dr. Holland has assisted plenty of them recover swiftly and more completely. Herniated discs, also known as "slipped discs", can be treated with multiple methods.

If you are experiencing pain due to a herniated disc, then you are likely asking which selection may work best for you. To support you in finding an answer to that inquiry, let's review two of the most frequently selected treatments: chiropractic/manipulative therapy and epidural injections.

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

A body of researchers from Switzerland recruited 102 individuals, every one of them had chronically herniated discs validated by medical imaging. Every person selected had already received 90 days of treatment via other applicable treatment options with no satisfaction.

The pack of people being studied was split into two treatment paths. One half of the individuals were treated with high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation treatment (chiropractic adjustments). The second half of participants were administered nerve root injections (epidural).

The researchers gathered data about the pain levels of each person in advance of the care given in the course of the research. Then, one month after the receiving of treatment, cohorts reported their disc herniation pain on the same scale as before. The change between the two reports was applied to determine how successful the care was for remediating pain.

What did the study find in regards to spinal manipulations versus nerve root injections?

Over 76% of the cohorts who received chiropractic treatments expressed a positive change in their pain. On the other side, fewer than 63 percent of the individuals who were provided epidurals indicated a reduction in pain. These data imply that chiropractic care may be more effective for caring for to resolve herniated disc discomfort.

On top of that, there is more. Beyond granting a larger count of people some much needed pain relief, researchers also discovered that spinal manipulation was less expensive. Epidural treatments were roughly $730 per each participant. The chiropractic care ran just under $560 for the same period of time. This amount of savings can certainly help with your budget. Saving money can make it possible to look for care for your disc herniation pain without added stress.

If you are interested in a higher likelihood of pain relief and lesser expenses associated with your herniated disc treatment, give Dr. Holland a call today at (314) 588-9100 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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