Dr. Bogan works with countless sciatica patients here in our Tulsa office, and many of these men and women were nervous that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The latest research reveals that a large number of people don't require surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians examined 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into 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. Additionally, roughly 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."
In other words, chiropractic offered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to go through the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that particular treatment method. Additionally, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last option 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 identify the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.