Dr. Kallio works with countless sciatica patients here in our Lincoln office, and quite a few of these individuals were concerned that they might need surgery to alleviate their pain. The most recent research indicates that a large number of people don't need surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers looked at 80 patients with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into 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 apparent difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, around 60% of the participating subjects 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 provided the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to go through the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment choice. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Lincoln and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Kallio a call today at (402) 484-5166. We'll help identify the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.