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Chiropractic Adjustments Shown as Effective and Cheaper Than Epidural for Herniated Disc Pain

Slipped Disc Treatment in Yuma

Herniated discs have afflicted numerous people that have been treated in our Yuma office. Fortunately, Montero Chiropractic Clinic has helped most of them bounce back speedily and more effectively. Herniated discs, also known as "slipped discs", can be treated with a handful of methods.

If you are suffering with pain caused by a herniated disc, then you may be wondering which choice may work best for you. To support you in solving that question, let's assess two of the most popularly employed treatments: chiropractic/manipulative therapy and epidural.

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

A body of researchers studied 102 patients, all of whom had chronically herniated discs confirmed by medical imaging. Every participant chosen had previously undergone three months of treatment through other applicable treatment options with no success.

The group of individuals was divided into two subdivision. One group of the individuals underwent high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation treatment (chiropractic treatments). The second half of people in the study were provided nerve root injections (epidural).

The researchers gathered ratings about the pain levels of each person prior to the remedy provided amid the study. Later, one month after care, participants scored their disc herniation discomfort on the same range as before. The difference between the two grades was applied to gauge how successful the remedy was for remediating pain.

What did the researchers determine about chiropractic adjustments versus epidurals?

More than 76 percent of the patients who were given chiropractic care expressed an improvement in their discomfort. On the other side, less than 63 percent of the individuals who engaged in epidurals scored a reduction in discomfort. These figures indicate that chiropractic adjustments could be more effective when caring for to resolve herniated disc discomfort.

Plus, there is more. In addition to giving a higher number of individuals greatly appreciated reduction in pain, researchers also found that spinal manipulation was more affordable. The nerve root injection treatments cost about $730 for each recipient. The chiropractic care was just under $560 for an equal timespan. This type of savings can certainly assist with anyone’s budget. Saving money may make it more probable to look for care for your disc herniation pain without added worry.

If you would like a higher probability of pain relief and lesser expenses associated with your herniated disc care, give Montero Chiropractic Clinic a call today at (928) 782-2233 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 01, 2024

Dr. Montero

Dr. Humberto Montero is a Chiropractor practicing in Yuma, Arizona. Dr. Montero specializes in preventing, diagnosing, and treating conditions associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system, while improving each patients functionality and quality of life. Conditions treated include sciatica, neck pain, and arthritis pain, among many others. Dr. Montero seeks to reduce pain and discomfort through manipulation and adjustment of the spine.