Dr. Scharf works with countless sciatica patients here in our Parkland office, and many of these individuals were afraid that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The latest research indicates that many people don't need surgery for this widespread issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers looked at 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no obvious difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, roughly 60 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."
Put another way, chiropractic delivered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to undergo the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that particular treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Parkland and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Scharf a call today at (954) 227-0088. We'll help pinpoint the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.