Dr. Chanatry works with many sciatica patients here in our Jacksonville, FL office, and many of these individuals were afraid that they might need surgery to relieve their pain. The latest research indicates that many people don't need surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more effective at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists examined 80 patients with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no apparent difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Additionally, around 60 percent of the participating patients 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 offered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to go through the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that specific 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 resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Jacksonville, FL and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Chanatry a call today at (904) 743-6700. We'll help identify the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.