Dr. Priolo works with many sciatica patients here in our Ronkonkoma office, and many of these men and women were concerned that they might require surgery to relieve their pain. The most recent research reveals that many people don't require surgery for this widespread issue, and that chiropractic treatment is more successful at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A typical 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 sorted into one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic therapy.
Both groups got better; however, no apparent difference in results was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, about 60% of the participating subjects who could not find pain relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic treatment offered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to go through the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often affiliated with that particular treatment method. Plus, you also don't run the risks associated with surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery ought to be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Ronkonkoma and you're suffering from back discomfort or sciatica, give Dr. Priolo a call today at (631) 676-6324. We'll help determine the origin of your discomfort and work hard to get you relief and living pain free.