Sweeney Chiropractic works with countless sciatica patients here in our Nashville office, and many of these individuals were nervous that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The most recent research shows that a large number of people don't require surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists examined 80 individuals 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 received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no obvious difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, roughly 60 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."
In other words, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to go through the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated 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 should be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Nashville and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Sweeney Chiropractic a call today at (615) 331-7040. We'll help determine the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.