Dr. Conlee works with countless sciatica patients here in our Tucson office, and quite a few of these men and women were concerned that they might need surgery to alleviate their pain. The latest research indicates that many people don't require surgery for this common problem, and that chiropractic is more successful at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical 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 placed in 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. Furthermore, roughly 60% 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."
Simply put, chiropractic provided the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to go through the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that type of treatment method. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Tucson and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Conlee a call today at (520) 322-6161. We'll help identify the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.