Dr. Dennis works with countless sciatica patients here in our West Palm Beach office, and many of these individuals were concerned that they might need surgery to alleviate their pain. The latest research shows that a large number of people don't require surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists looked at 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no obvious difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, around sixty percent of the participating patients who could not find relief from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
In other words, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to undergo the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that specific treatment choice. 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 West Palm Beach and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Dennis a call today at (561) 966-6171. We'll help determine the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.