Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation works with many sciatica patients here in our Harrisburg office, and quite a few of these individuals were concerned that they might require surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent research shows that many people don't need surgery for this widespread issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists looked at 80 patients 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 improved; however, no obvious difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, around sixty percent of the participating patients who could not find assistance from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Put another way, chiropractic delivered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to go through the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that particular treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Harrisburg and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation a call today at (717) 657-2561. We'll help determine the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.