Dr. Ernst works with countless sciatica patients here in our Arlington, WA office, and quite a few of these individuals were worried that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The most recent research reveals that many people don't need surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians looked at 80 women and men 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 was given chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no apparent difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Additionally, about 60% of the participating subjects who could not find relief from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to endure the higher levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that particular treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to 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 Arlington, WA and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Ernst a call today at (360) 659-8464. We'll help pinpoint the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.