Dr. Isom works with countless sciatica patients here in our Lenexa office, and several of these men and women were nervous that they might require surgery to alleviate their pain. The latest research indicates that a large number of people don't need surgery for this widespread issue, and that chiropractic therapy is more beneficial at clearing up sciatic nerve issues.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 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 adjustments.
Both groups got better; however, no noticeable difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Additionally, roughly 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find assistance from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
In other words, chiropractic treatment provided the same positive advantages as surgery without having to go through the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that type of treatment method. 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 Lenexa and you're being affected by back problems or sciatica, give Dr. Isom a call today at (913) 735-9565. We'll help determine the origin of your pain and work hard to get you support and living pain free.