Alliance Chiropractic works with many sciatica patients here in our Tulsa office, and many of these individuals were nervous that they might require surgery to treat their pain. The most recent research reveals that many people don't need surgery for this common problem, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians looked at 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no noticeable difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, around 60% of the participating patients who could not find assistance from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Put another way, chiropractic provided the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to endure the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that type of treatment method. Additionally, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Tulsa and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Alliance Chiropractic a call today at (918) 832-7880. We'll help identify the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.