Robert C Slater, DC works with countless sciatica patients here in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office, and many of these patients were concerned that they might need surgery to relieve their pain. The latest research shows that a large number of people don't need surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 80 patients with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
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 outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, roughly 60% 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."
Put another way, chiropractic provided the same positive benefits as surgery without having to go through the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that particular treatment method. 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 ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Robert C Slater, DC a call today at (651) 699-3366. We'll help identify the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.