Avoid Sciatica Surgery With Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic Treatment Better for Sciatica Than Surgery in Bay Shore

Dr. Selzer works with many sciatica patients here in our Bay Shore office, and many of these men and women were nervous that they might require surgery to relieve their pain. The most recent research reveals that many people don't require surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic adjustments is more successful at solving sciatic nerve pain.

A common 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 received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic treatment.

Both groups improved; however, no noticeable difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, about 60 percent of the participating subjects who could not find relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."

In other words, chiropractic care offered the same positive advantages as surgery without having to go through the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

We Can Help People Find Comfort From Sciatica Pain

Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Bay Shore and you're suffering from back discomfort or sciatica, give Dr. Selzer a call today at (631) 665-3714. We'll help pinpoint the origin of your discomfort and work hard to get you support and living pain free.

References

  • McMorland, G et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(8):576-584.
  • Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.
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    Dr. Craig Selzer is a chiropractor in Bay Shore, New York. He graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1994 and attended SUNY Stony Brook. He holds additional degrees in Bachelor of Science and Certified Active Release Techniques. All Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy care is a Family Practice dedicated to overall health through the body's innate ability to heal itself. Dr. Selzer is certified in Active Release Techniques and is always treating athletic injuries.