Dr. Aazami works with countless sciatica patients here in our Hyattsville, District Heights office, and quite a few of these men and women were afraid that they might need surgery to alleviate their pain. The latest research reveals that a large number of people don't require surgery for this prevalent problem, and that chiropractic care is more successful at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists 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 therapy.
Both groups improved; however, no noticeable difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, roughly 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 therapy provided the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to endure the higher levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. Additionally, 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 Hyattsville, District Heights and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Aazami a call today at (301) 322-7777. We'll help pinpoint the start of your pain and work hard to get you help and living pain free.