Dr. Palmer works with countless sciatica patients here in our Depew office, and many of these patients were nervous that they might require surgery to treat their pain. The latest research indicates that many people don't need surgery for this widespread issue, and that chiropractic care is more effective at solving sciatic nerve issues.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers looked at 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic adjustments.
Both groups got better; however, no apparent difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Additionally, around 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find assistance from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic care provided the same positive advantages as surgery without having to endure the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often affiliated with that particular treatment method. Additionally, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Depew and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Palmer a call today at (716) 668-2225. We'll help pinpoint the source of your issues and work hard to get you support and living pain free.