Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes works with countless sciatica patients here in our State College, PA office, and quite a few of these patients were afraid that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The most recent research indicates that many people don't need surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more successful at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 80 patients 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 received chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no apparent difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, around sixty percent of the participating subjects who could not find relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to go through the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that particular treatment option. Additionally, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in State College, PA and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes a call today at (814) 308-9352. We'll help determine the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.