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Chiropractic Methods Shown to Be Effective and Less Expensive Than Epidural for Treating Herniated Disc Discomfort

Treatment of Slipped Disc Pain in Nashville

Herniated discs have afflicted a number of patients that have visited our Nashville office. Fortunately, Sweeney Chiropractic has assisted a lot of them heal speedily and more completely. Herniated discs, sometime referred to as "slipped discs", can be treated with a handful of strategies.

If you are feeling discomfort caused by a herniated disc, then you are likely querying which selection may provide the best outcome for you. To help you in fielding that inquiry, let's assess two of the most frequently employed treatments: chiropractic and epidural injections.

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

A group of researchers from Switzerland compared 102 participants, every one of them had chronically herniated discs verified by medical imaging. Any patient picked had already received ninety days of care via alternatively accessible treatment options without achieving success.

The group of participants was split into two groups. One half of the individuals were assigned to receive high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation treatment (chiropractic adjustments). The second half of patients were provided nerve root injections (epidural).

The researchers obtained ratings about the pain levels of each person before the care administered in the time of the study. Subsequently, one month after the receiving of treatment, patients graded their disc herniation pain on the same range as at the beginning. The difference between the two ratings was applied to measure how successful the intervention was for remediating discomfort.

What did the research find about spinal manipulations compared to epidural injections?

Just over 76% of the individuals who received chiropractic treatments recorded a decrease in their pain. In the other half, fewer than 63 percent of the participants who were treated with epidurals scored a reduction in pain. These figures offer that chiropractic care may be more effective for treating to remediate herniated disc discomfort.

And, there is more. Beyond giving a greater count of participants some much needed pain relief, researchers also determined that chiropractic care was lower in cost. The nerve root injection treatments were roughly $730 per each patient. Chiropractic treatment cost approximately $560 for an equal duration. This amount of savings may surely help with one’s health care expenses. Spending less can make it more viable to pursue treatment for your disc herniation pain without extra worry.

If you would like a higher probability of effectiveness and fewer expenses associated with your herniated disc treatment, give Sweeney Chiropractic a call today at (615) 331-7040 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

October 03, 2022

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Dr. Jim Sweeney & Dr. Jon Sweeney, your Nashville Chiropractors and Palmer College of Chiropractic West graduates, provide quality chiropractic care to patients in Nashville, TN. If you suffer from back pain, neck pain, headache, sciatica or have been in an auto collision, Sweeney Chiropractic can get you back on the road to health.