Dr. Holland works with many sciatica patients here in our North County St. Louis, MO office, and many of these individuals were afraid that they might need surgery to relieve 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 resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A common 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 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 the surgery group and the chiropractic group. In addition, about 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."
Simply put, chiropractic offered the same positive advantages as surgery without having to go through the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often affiliated with that particular treatment option. Additionally, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in North County St. Louis, MO and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Holland a call today at (314) 867-8888. We'll help determine the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.