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Chiropractic Care Shown to Be Effective and Less Expensive Than Epidural for Treating Herniated Disc Patients

Slipped Disc Treatment in Redondo Beach

Herniated discs have annoyed numerous patients that have been treated in our Redondo Beach office. Fortunately, Dr. Vinick has helped many of them bounce back quickly and more completely. Herniated discs, also known as "slipped discs", can be treated with multiple approaches.

If you are suffering with pain because of a herniated disc, then you may be querying which option may work best for you. To support you in finding an answer to that question, let's look at two of the most popularly used treatment options: chiropractic and epidural injections.

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

A body of researchers compared 102 individuals, all having had chronically herniated discs validated by medical imaging. Any participant chosen had already undergone ninety days of treatment through alternatively accessible treatment options without achieving significant improvement.

The body of individuals was split into two treatment paths. The first half of the patients were treated with high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation treatment (chiropractic treatments). The second half of cohorts were treated with nerve root injections (epidural).

The conductors of the study obtained ratings regarding the pain levels of every patient before the remedy provided in the time of the research. Later, one month following the receiving of treatment, patients rated their disc herniation discomfort on the same scale as previously. The difference in the two grades was applied to determine how useful the intervention was for improving pain.

What did the researchers find about spinal adjustments versus epidurals?

Over 76 percent of the individuals who were administered chiropractic care recorded a positive change in their discomfort. In the other half, less than 63% of the participants who were administered epidurals indicated an improvement in pain. These scores imply that chiropractic adjustments may be more effective when looking to remediate herniated disc pain.

And, that is not everything. In addition to granting a greater number of cohorts greatly appreciated pain relief, researchers also discovered that chiropractic treatment was more cost-effective. The epidural treatments were roughly $730 for a single participant. The chiropractic treatment was less than $560 for an equal timespan. This type of savings may surely help with anyone’s budget. Saving money can make it more viable to obtain care of your disc herniation pain without added anxiety.

If you would like a higher likelihood of effectiveness and fewer costs when it comes to your herniated disc care, give Dr. Vinick a call today at (310) 375-4325 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

Dr. Vinick

Dr. Mark L. Vinick is both a Chiropractor and Holistic Doctor (Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist) in private practice in Redondo Beach, CA. He has successfully treated a wide variety of conditions based on his extensive knowledge of both modern and ancient healing sciences.