Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda works with many sciatica patients here in our Henderson, NV office, and many of these patients were concerned that they might need surgery to alleviate their pain. The latest research reveals that a large number of people don't require surgery for this prevalent problem, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at resolving 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 operation.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no apparent difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, about 60 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."
In other words, chiropractic provided the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to undergo the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often affiliated with that type of treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Henderson, NV and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda a call today at (702) 990-2225. We'll help pinpoint the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.