Weary Chiropractic Clinic works with many sciatica patients here in our Prescott office, and several of these patients were afraid that they might require surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent research shows that a large number of people don't need surgery for this common problem, and that chiropractic care is more successful at solving sciatic nerve issues.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians looked at 80 patients 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 was given chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no noticeable difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, around 60 percent of the participating subjects who could not find pain relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Put another way, chiropractic adjustments delivered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to endure the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that type of treatment option. Plus, 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 resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Prescott and you're experiencing back problems or sciatica, give Weary Chiropractic Clinic a call today at (928) 778-2227. We'll help pinpoint the source of your problems and work hard to get you support and living pain free.