Dr. Bogan works with many sciatica patients here in our Tulsa office, and many of these patients were afraid that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent research indicates that many people don't require surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists looked at 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no noticeable difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, around 60 percent of the participating subjects who could not find relief from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic offered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to go through the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that particular treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Tulsa and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Bogan a call today at (918) 832-7880. We'll help determine the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.