Dr. Alpert works with countless sciatica patients here in our Jonesboro office, and many of these men and women were afraid that they might need surgery to alleviate their pain. The most recent research reveals that a large number of people don't need surgery for this common problem, and that chiropractic adjustments is more successful at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers looked at 80 women and men 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 therapy.
Both groups got better; however, no noticeable difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Additionally, around 60% 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."
In other words, chiropractic treatment offered the same positive advantages as surgery without having to go through the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that specific treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Jonesboro and you're being affected by back issues or sciatica, give Dr. Alpert a call today at (770) 472-8989. We'll help identify the source of your problems and work hard to get you support and living pain free.