Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda works with many sciatica patients here in our Henderson, NV office, and quite a few of these patients were worried that they might require surgery to treat their pain. The latest research indicates that a large number of people don't need surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more successful at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers looked at 80 women and men 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 obvious difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, around sixty percent of the participating subjects who could not find pain relief from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Put another way, chiropractic delivered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to endure the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that particular treatment method. Plus, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Henderson, NV and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda a call today at (702) 990-2225. We'll help determine the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.