Haque Chiropractic Inc. works with countless sciatica patients here in our Livermore office, and several of these patients were worried that they might require surgery to relieve their pain. The most recent research reveals that a large number of people don't require surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic therapy is more successful at solving sciatic nerve discomfort.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists looked at 80 patients with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in 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, around 60 percent of the participating patients 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 care delivered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to undergo the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks associated with 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 Livermore and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Haque Chiropractic Inc. a call today at (925) 960-1960. We'll help identify the source of your issues and work hard to get you help and living pain free.