Dr. Isom works with many sciatica patients here in our Lenexa office, and many of these patients were concerned that they might require surgery to relieve their pain. The latest research indicates that many people don't need surgery for this common problem, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists examined 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 got better; however, no apparent difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, around 60% 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 advantages as surgery without needing to endure the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment option. Additionally, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Lenexa, KS and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Isom a call today at (913) 735-9565. We'll help pinpoint the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.