Chiropractic Adjustments Shown as Effective and Less Expensive Than Epidural for Herniated Disc Diagnosis

Herniated Disc Pain Relief in Livermore

Herniated discs have annoyed uncounted people that have been treated in our Livermore office. Fortunately, Haque Chiropractic Inc. has assisted a lot of them heal speedily and more adequately. Herniated discs, or "slipped discs", can be treated with several different remedies.

If you are feeling discomfort due to a herniated disc, then you are likely querying which selection may provide the best outcome for you. To help you in settling that question, let's look at two of the most frequently employed treatments: chiropractic/manipulative therapy and epidural injections.

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

A body of researchers from Switzerland compared 102 participants, all having had chronically herniated discs validated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Any cohort picked had already undergone three months of treatment through other applicable treatment options without achieving significant improvement.

The pack of cohorts was split into two treatment paths. The first group of the participants underwent high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation treatment (chiropractic adjustments). The second half of participants received nerve root injections (epidural).

The conductors of the study saved data in regards to the pain levels of every person in advance of the remedy administered at the time of the study. Subsequently, 30 days after the receiving of treatment, individuals graded their disc herniation pain on the same range as previously. The change between the two grades was applied to measure how effective the remedy was for remediating discomfort.

What did the study uncover in regards to spinal manipulations against epidural injections?

Greater than 76 percent of the people in the study who were given chiropractic adjustments reported a positive change in their discomfort. In the other group, not quite 63% of the cohorts who were provided epidurals scored a reduction in pain. These figures imply that chiropractic treatment may be more effective when looking to resolve herniated disc discomfort.

And, that isn't all. In addition to granting a higher amount of cohorts greatly appreciated pain relief, researchers also determined that chiropractic care was more affordable. The nerve root injection treatments approximately cost $730 per each participant. The chiropractic treatment ran less than $560 for the same time frame. This amount of savings can certainly help with your health care expenses. A lower cost may make it feasible to pursue treatment for your disc herniation pain without added stress.

If you are interested in a greater chance of effectiveness and lesser expenses associated with your herniated disc care, give Haque Chiropractic Inc. a call today at (925) 960-1960 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

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    Dr. Anita Haque grew up in Toronto Canada and came to California to pursue her dream of being a chiropractor. After graduating magnum Cum Lade from Cleveland Chiropractic College 2003 in Los Angeles, she moved to the bay area and opened her practice in 2004. She has since then joined forces with Lifestyle Fitness in Livermore to run a full chiropractic, personal training, injury rehab, massage therapy and Cryoskin (new) facility in Livermore.