North Road Chiropractic works with many sciatica patients here in our Oakleigh office, and many of these men and women were nervous that they might need surgery to relieve their pain. The most recent research shows that a large number of people don't need surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 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 apparent difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. In addition, roughly 60 percent of the participating subjects who could not find relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Put another way, chiropractic delivered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to undergo the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that type of treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Oakleigh and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give North Road Chiropractic a call today at (03) 9579 2699. We'll help identify the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.