Buffalo Family Chiropractic Wellness, P. C. works with many sciatica patients here in our Buffalo office, and several of these men and women were nervous that they might need surgery to alleviate their pain. The most recent research shows that many people don't need surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic adjustments is more successful at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers 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 received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic therapy.
Both groups improved; however, no noticeable difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, about 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."
In other words, chiropractic adjustments delivered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to undergo the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that specific treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Buffalo and you're suffering from back issues or sciatica, give Buffalo Family Chiropractic Wellness, P. C. a call today at (716) 854-1563. We'll help determine the origin of your problems and work hard to get you relief and living pain free.