Dr. Blake works with countless sciatica patients here in our Harrisburg office, and many of these men and women were concerned that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The latest research shows that many people don't need surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more successful at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 80 individuals 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 received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no apparent difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, about 60% of the participating patients who could not find relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic provided the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to endure the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that type of treatment method. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Harrisburg and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Blake a call today at (717) 657-2561. We'll help determine the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.