Dr. Eyerly works with many sciatica patients here in our Hazleton office, and many of these individuals were concerned that they might require surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent 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 popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers 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 was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no apparent difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Additionally, around 60% of the participating subjects who could not find relief from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Put another way, chiropractic offered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to go through the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment method. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Hazleton and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Eyerly a call today at (570) 455-5822. We'll help determine the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.