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Chiropractic Adjustments Shown as Effective and Cheaper Than Epidural during Treatment of Herniated Disc Diagnosis

Herniated Disc Relief in State College

Herniated discs have burdened a number of clients that have come to our State College office. Fortunately, Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes has helped most of them bounce back swiftly and more adequately. Herniated discs, also known as "slipped discs", can be treated with multiple remedies.

If you are suffering with discomfort caused by a herniated disc, then you are likely wondering which option will work best for you. To support you in solving that inquiry, let's inspect two of the most frequently prescribed treatments: chiropractic and lumbar nerve root injection/epidural.

Research Compares Improvements from Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) and Nerve Root Injections (NRI)

A body of researchers studied 102 participants, every one of them had chronically herniated discs confirmed by medical imaging. Each person picked had already undergone three months of treatment through alternatively accessible treatment options with no satisfaction.

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

The researchers collected scores in regards to the pain levels of each participant in advance of the treatment administered in the time of the study. Subsequently, one month following the receiving of treatment, individuals scored their disc herniation pain on the same scale as at the beginning. The change in the two scores was applied to calculate how effective the remedy may have been for improving discomfort.

What did the research find in regards to spinal manipulations compared to epidurals?

Greater than 76% of the patients who were given chiropractic adjustments recorded a positive change in their discomfort. In the other half, not quite 63% of the people in the study who were given epidurals expressed a reduction in pain. The scores offer that chiropractic care may be more successful when looking to resolve herniated disc pain.

And, that is not all. In addition to giving a greater count of individuals greatly appreciated relief from pain, researchers also recognized that chiropractic care was more affordable. Nerve root injection treatments cost about $730 for a single individual. Chiropractic treatment ran just under $560 for the same period of time. This cost savings may surely help with one’s budget. Saving money may make it possible to obtain treatment for your disc herniation pain without extra worry.

If you want a better likelihood of success and lower costs associated with your herniated disc care, give Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes a call today at (814) 308-9352 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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Dr. Reyes

Dr. Matt Reyes was born and raised in Apalachin, a small town in Upstate New York. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Fitness Development from the State University at New York College at Cortland. He then fulfilled his ambition to become a Doctor of Chiropractic when he graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 2013.