Dr. Elganainy works with many sciatica patients here in our Burton, MI office, and many of these patients were concerned that they might require surgery to eliminate their pain. The latest research shows that many people don't need surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at resolving sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
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 obvious difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, around 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find pain relief from any other treatment approach "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 needing to undergo the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that particular treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks associated 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 Burton, MI and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Elganainy a call today at (810) 715-7746. We'll help determine the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.