Back Pain Chiropractic works with countless sciatica patients here in our Texarkana office, and many of these men and women were afraid that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The most recent research shows that many people don't require surgery for this common 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, physicians looked at 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in 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 noticeable difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, about sixty percent of the participating patients who could not find pain relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Put another way, chiropractic provided the same positive advantages as surgery without having to undergo the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often affiliated with that type of treatment method. Additionally, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Texarkana and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Back Pain Chiropractic a call today at (870) 774-0951. We'll help determine the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.