Dr. Joel Schwartz works with countless sciatica patients here in our Monroe Township, NJ office, and quite a few of these patients were afraid that they might require surgery to relieve their pain. The latest research indicates that many people don't need surgery for this prevalent 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 examined 80 patients with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no apparent difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Furthermore, around 60% of the participating patients who could not find pain 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 advantages as surgery without having to go through the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that specific treatment method. Plus, you also don't run the risks associated 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 Monroe Township, NJ and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Joel Schwartz a call today at (732) 698-7151. We'll help identify the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.