Dr. Steve Eustice works with countless sciatica patients here in our Denton, TX office, and many of these individuals were nervous that they might require surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent research shows that a large number of people don't need surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 80 patients with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no obvious difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, about 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find pain relief 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 undergo the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated with 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 Denton, TX and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Steve Eustice a call today at (940) 591-9097. We'll help determine the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.