Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center works with many sciatica patients here in our Estero, Bonita Springs office, and quite a few of these men and women were afraid that they might require surgery to eliminate their pain. The latest research indicates that a large number of people don't need surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more successful at clearing up 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 operation.
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 results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, around 60% 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."
In other words, chiropractic provided the same positive advantages as surgery without having 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 linked to surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Estero, Bonita Springs and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Chiropractic Care & Rehab Center a call today at (239) 495-1166. We'll help pinpoint the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.