Dr. Bettencourt works with many sciatica patients here in our Napa, CA office, and quite a few of these men and women were afraid that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent research reveals that many people don't need surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists looked at 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no obvious difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, around sixty percent of the participating patients who could not find relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic delivered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to endure the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that particular treatment option. 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 should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Napa, CA and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Bettencourt a call today at (707) 257-3600. We'll help pinpoint the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.