Dr. Bogan works with many sciatica patients here in our Tulsa office, and quite a few of these patients were afraid that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The latest research indicates that many people don't need surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers looked at 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no apparent difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. In addition, 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."
In other words, chiropractic provided the same positive benefits as surgery without having to undergo the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that type of treatment method. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, which includes 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 Dr. Bogan a call today at (918) 832-7880. We'll help pinpoint the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.