Dr. Vinh Tran, DC, CCSP works with countless sciatica patients here in our Midtown, New York, NY office, and quite a few of these patients were afraid that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The latest research reveals that many people don't need surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more successful at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians examined 80 individuals 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 care.
Both groups got better; however, no noticeable difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. In addition, about sixty 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."
Put another way, chiropractic offered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to go through the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often affiliated with that particular treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Midtown, New York, NY and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Vinh Tran, DC, CCSP a call today at (212) 729-0856. We'll help identify the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.
- McMorland, G et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(8):576-584.
- Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.