Dr. Tim Six works with countless sciatica patients here in our Great Falls, MT office, and many of these men and women were afraid that they might require surgery to alleviate their pain. The latest research reveals that many people don't require surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers looked at 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 noticeable difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, around 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find relief from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
In other words, chiropractic offered the same positive advantages as surgery without having to go through the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that type of treatment option. 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 Great Falls, MT and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Tim Six a call today at (406) 452-6929. We'll help determine the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.