Dr. Green works with countless sciatica patients here in our Estero, Bonita Springs office, and many of these individuals were afraid that they might require surgery to treat their pain. The most recent research indicates that many people don't need surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more successful at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists looked at 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no apparent difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. Additionally, about 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."
Put another way, chiropractic provided the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to go through the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks associated 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 Estero, Bonita Springs and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Green a call today at (239) 495-1166. We'll help determine the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.