Dr. Russell works with countless sciatica patients here in our Henderson, NV office, and quite a few of these men and women were concerned that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent research reveals that a large number of people don't require surgery for this widespread issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A common 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 received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no apparent difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. In addition, around 60% of the participating subjects who could not find pain relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
In other words, chiropractic provided the same positive benefits as surgery without having to go through the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often affiliated with that particular 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 ought to be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Henderson, NV and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Russell a call today at (702) 990-2225. We'll help identify the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.