Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes works with countless sciatica patients here in our State College, PA office, and quite a few of these patients were worried that they might need surgery to relieve their pain. The most recent research shows that many people don't require surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians looked at 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 obvious difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, around 60% of the participating patients who could not find assistance from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Put another way, chiropractic delivered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to endure the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that type of treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in State College, PA and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes a call today at (814) 308-9352. We'll help determine the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.