Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation works with countless sciatica patients here in our Harrisburg office, and many of these individuals were nervous that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The latest research shows that a large number of people don't need surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians examined 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no obvious difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. In addition, about sixty percent of the participating subjects who could not find assistance from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic delivered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to go through the higher levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that specific treatment choice. 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 Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation a call today at (717) 657-2561. We'll help identify the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.