Dr. Abby Power works with countless sciatica patients here in our Portland and Falmouth, ME office, and many of these individuals were concerned that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The latest research reveals that many people don't require surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more successful at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists examined 80 individuals 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 was given chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no obvious difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, roughly 60 percent of the participating subjects who could not find assistance from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
In other words, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to go through the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that type of treatment method. Plus, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Portland and Falmouth, ME and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Abby Power a call today at (207) 781-7911. We'll help pinpoint the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.