Dr. Ellis works with countless sciatica patients here in our Woburn office, and many of these men and women were concerned that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The latest research indicates that a large number of people don't require surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians examined 80 individuals 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 outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Furthermore, roughly 60% 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 provided the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to go through the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that specific treatment method. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Woburn and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Ellis a call today at (781) 460-0939. We'll help determine the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.