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Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation Found Effective and Less Expensive Than Epidural for Treating Herniated Disc Patients

Treatment of Slipped Disc in Burton

Herniated discs have annoyed numerous patients that have visited our Burton practice. Fortunately, Dr. Elganainy has helped a lot of them bounce back speedily and more adequately. Herniated discs, also known as "slipped discs", can be treated with multiple remedies.

If you are experiencing pain due to a herniated disc, then you may be wondering which choice will provide the best outcome for you. To support you in fielding that question, let's assess two of the most popularly used treatments: chiropractic/manipulative therapy and epidural.

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

A group of researchers from Switzerland recruited 102 participants, every one of them had chronically herniated discs validated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Every patient chosen had previously undergone 90 days of care through other accessible remedies without achieving satisfaction.

The pool of people being studied was split into two groups. The first group of the patients underwent high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation treatment (chiropractic treatments). The second half of patients were given nerve root injections (epidural).

The researchers collected scores about the pain levels of every participant in advance of the treatment administered in the time of the study. Later, 30 days following the receiving of treatment, patients graded their disc herniation discomfort on the same range as at the beginning. The difference between the two ratings was used to determine how effective the intervention was for relieving pain.

What did the researchers find in regards to chiropractic adjustments against epidurals?

Over 76 percent of the individuals who were given chiropractic treatments expressed a reduction in their pain. In the other half, fewer than 63% of the individuals who were provided epidurals recorded a minimization in pain. These figures indicate that chiropractic care could be more successful when treating to remediate herniated disc pain.

On top of that, there is more. Beyond giving a larger count of individuals some much needed reduction in pain, researchers also discovered that chiropractic care was lower in cost. The epidural treatments cost about $730 for a single recipient. The chiropractic care was just under $560 for the same period of time. This amount of savings can certainly help with your medical expenses. A lower cost may make it more viable to look for treatment of your disc herniation pain without extra worry.

If you are interested in a higher probability of effectiveness and lesser costs associated with your herniated disc treatment, give Dr. Elganainy a call today at (810) 715-7746 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

February 20, 2023

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