CLA Update: Chiropractic vs. Epidural Injections for Disc Herniations

April 3, 2014

Epidural injections are often used to help relieve pain for those who suffer from disc herniations. While injecting large doses of pain medication and steroids may help relieve pain symptoms, it can also create more problems for patients receiving this treatment. Steroids carry side effects, such as weakening of the spinal bones and muscles in the area of the injection, as well as upsetting your body’s hormone balance.


Studies have shown chiropractic care to be slightly better at relieving pain symptoms of disc herniation without the side effects of epidural injections. This can also be done at a lower cost. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Manual and Physiological Therapeutics showed that patients who received chiropractic care reported significant improvement — 14 percent more than patients receiving epidural injections.

The study was conducted with 102 patients who had disc herniations shown by MRI exams. The patients were separated into two groups with one group receiving spinal adjustments by doctors of chiropractic, and the other receiving epidural injections from a medical practitioner. While both groups reported significant improvement after one month of treatment, the chiropractic group reported slightly better results.

Although a 14 percent difference is not significant for the researchers who conducted the study, for those who suffer from the pain of disc herniation, it can be a marked difference. When you combine the slightly higher success rate with the lack of negative side effects and decreased costs, the benefits of receiving chiropractic care for disc herniations become quite substantial indeed.

The bottom line in chiropractic care — if you’re alive and have subluxations, you’re better off alive without nerve interference. Chiropractic Lifecare of America has one of the largest networks of hand-picked doctors of chiropractic in the nation. We believe in quality and affordable chiropractic care not only for disc herniation, but for overall good health for you and your family. To learn how we can save you up to 50 percent on quality chiropractic care, please call 800.775.7900 or contact us to speak to a representative.

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