Dr. Russell works with countless sciatica patients here in our Henderson office, and quite a few of these individuals were nervous that they might require surgery to relieve their pain. The most recent research indicates that a large number of people don't require surgery for this prevalent problem, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers looked at 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 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. Additionally, around sixty percent of the participating subjects who could not find assistance 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 benefits as surgery without needing to undergo the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that particular treatment choice. Additionally, 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 resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Henderson and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Russell a call today at (702) 990-2225. We'll help pinpoint the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.