Dr. Denise Carradine works with many sciatica patients here in our Boardman, OH office, and many of these men and women were concerned that they might require surgery to treat their pain. The latest research indicates that a large number of people don't require surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical 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 was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no noticeable difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, around sixty percent 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 delivered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to endure the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated 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 Boardman, OH and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Denise Carradine a call today at (330) 758-4446. We'll help pinpoint the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.