Dr. Amodeo works with many sciatica patients here in our Memphis office, and quite a few of these men and women were nervous that they might require surgery to treat their pain. The most recent research indicates that a large number of people don't need surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists examined 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no apparent difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, around sixty percent of the participating patients who could not find assistance from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic provided the same positive benefits as surgery without having to endure the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that type of treatment option. Additionally, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Memphis and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Amodeo a call today at (901) 757-8311. We'll help determine the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.