Frank Bendiks, DC, PC works with countless sciatica patients here in our Naperville, IL office, and many of these patients were concerned that they might need surgery to relieve their pain. The most recent research reveals that a large number of people don't require surgery for this widespread issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at resolving 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 procedure.
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 apparent difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. In addition, roughly 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find assistance 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 advantages as surgery without having to endure the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. 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 resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Naperville, IL and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Frank Bendiks, DC, PC a call today at (630) 301-0054. We'll help determine the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.