Chiropractic or Injection for Herniated Disc? Research Says...
A new study compared the efficacy of epidural injections to chiropractic adjustments in 102 patients with lumbar disc herniation. Of the chiropractic patients, 76% reported feeling “better” or “much better” after treatment, compared to 62.5% of the injection patients. Chiropractic patients also had better improvements in pain; 60% of chiropractic patients had significant reductions in pain, compared to 53% of injection patients.
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Reference: Peterson, CK, et al. 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 imaging-guided lumbar nerve root injections. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013; doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.005.