Comparing the Cost of Chiropractic Care to Spinal Surgery

Drawing from the comprehensive research conducted by Simon Dagenais, O’Dane Brady, Scott Haldeman, and Pran Manga, we explore the economic landscape of chiropractic care versus spinal surgery for spine-related ailments in the United States. At Wilbeck Chiropractic with two locations in Wichita, Kansas, we utilize this illuminating study to highlight the affordability and efficacy of chiropractic care in addressing conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, and headaches.

Insights from the Study

The systematic review led by Dagenais et al. provides invaluable insights into the comparative costs of various interventions for spine pain. Their findings underscore chiropractic care as a cost-effective alternative to conventional medical treatments and spinal surgeries. By examining the direct costs associated with chiropractic care alongside those of spinal surgeries, the study reveals significant potential savings and benefits for patients and healthcare systems.

Cost Comparison: Chiropractic Care vs. Spinal Surgery

  • Low Back Pain:
    o The average cost of an entire chiropractic care plan for low back pain typically ranges from $500 to $1500, depending on factors such as location and treatment duration. This often includes initial consultations, adjustments, and supplementary therapies.
    o In contrast, the average cost of spinal surgery for low back pain can be substantial, ranging from $20,000 to $150,000 or more, depending on the type of procedure, hospital fees, and post-operative care. Additional expenses may include pre-operative consultations, imaging studies, anesthesia, and rehabilitation.
  •  Neck Pain:
    o Chiropractic care for neck pain generally incurs similar costs to those for low back pain, ranging from $500 to 1500 for an entire corrective treatment plan. This encompasses a comprehensive approach involving consultations, adjustments, and adjunctive therapies tailored to the individual’s needs.
    o Conversely, spinal surgery for neck pain can be considerably more expensive, with costs averaging between $50,000 and $150,000 or higher. Factors influencing expenses include the complexity of the procedure, hospital charges, physician fees, and post-operative care requirements.
  • Headaches:
    o The cost of chiropractic care for headaches typically aligns with that for low back and neck pain, averaging $500 to $1500 for a corrective treatment plan. This encompasses evaluations, adjustments, and additional modalities aimed at addressing underlying musculoskeletal issues contributing to headaches.
    o While spinal surgery is not indicated for headaches alone, the cost differentials between chiropractic care and surgical interventions remain significant, underscoring chiropractic care’s affordability and accessibility for managing headache-related symptoms.


Based on the comprehensive analysis by Dagenais et al., chiropractic care emerges as a cost-effective option for spine-related conditions compared to spinal surgery. At our top-rated clinics, Wilbeck Chiropractic prioritizes evidence-based, affordable care to ensure our patients in Northeast and West Wichita, Kansas, and beyond receive optimal treatment without financial burden. Contact us today and ask about our $19 new patient special to discover how chiropractic care can provide effective relief for your spine-related ailments.

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Northeast Clinic Location

3743 N Rock Rd, Suite 200
Wichita, KS 67226
Phone: (316) 444-4179

West Clinic Location

5800 West Central Ave
Wichita, KS 67212
Phone: (316) 444-4368

Conditions We Treat

Low Back Pain
Joint Pain
Headaches & Migraines
Carpal Tunnel
Neck Pain
Pregnancy Related Pain