Dr. Ahmed works with countless sciatica patients here in our Roselle office, and many of these individuals were worried that they might require surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent research reveals that a large number of people don't require surgery for this prevalent problem, and that chiropractic care is more successful at resolving sciatic nerve problems.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians examined 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic therapy.
Both groups got better; however, no apparent difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. In addition, about sixty 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."
Put another way, chiropractic treatment delivered the same positive advantages as surgery without having to go through the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment choice. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Roselle and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Ahmed a call today at (630) 295-8851. We'll help identify the source of your discomfort and work hard to get you help and living pain free.