Dr. Delson works with countless sciatica patients here in our Springfield, MA office, and quite a few of these men and women were worried that they might require surgery to alleviate their pain. The most recent research reveals that many people don't require surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians examined 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no obvious difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. In addition, roughly 60% of the participating subjects who could not find 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 having to undergo the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that particular treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Springfield, MA and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Delson a call today at (413) 788-4464. We'll help pinpoint the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.