Sweeney Chiropractic works with countless sciatica patients here in our Nashville office, and quite a few of these patients were nervous that they might require surgery to relieve their pain. The most recent research reveals that many people don't need surgery for this prevalent problem, and that chiropractic therapy is more beneficial at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians looked at 80 patients with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic therapy.
Both groups improved; however, no noticeable difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, roughly 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find assistance from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic adjustments offered the same positive advantages as surgery without having to go through the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks affiliated 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 Nashville and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Sweeney Chiropractic a call today at (615) 331-7040. We'll help identify the source of your problems and work hard to get you relief and living pain free.