ChiroWerx works with countless sciatica patients here in our Charlotte, NC office, and many of these men and women were nervous that they might require surgery to treat their pain. The latest research reveals that a large number of people don't require surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers 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 received chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no obvious difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, about 60% of the participating subjects who could not find pain relief from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic provided the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to go through the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment choice. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated 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 Charlotte, NC and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give ChiroWerx a call today at (980) 201-9484. We'll help identify the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.