Dr. Jamie Stern works with many sciatica patients here in our Sunnyvale & San Francisco, CA office, and many of these patients were afraid that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The most recent research indicates that many people don't need surgery for this widespread issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists 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 received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no apparent difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Additionally, roughly sixty percent of the participating subjects 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 delivered 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 method. 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 should be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Sunnyvale & San Francisco, CA and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Jamie Stern a call today at (415) 308-7636. We'll help pinpoint the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.