Dr. Stakes works with many sciatica patients here in our Singapore office, and quite a few of these individuals were worried that they might require surgery to alleviate their pain. The most recent research shows that many people don't need surgery for this prevalent issue, and that chiropractic therapy is more effective at solving sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians examined 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no obvious difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, roughly 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."
Simply put, chiropractic adjustments provided the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to undergo the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to 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 Singapore and you're experiencing back issues or sciatica, give Dr. Stakes a call today at +65 6235 1220. We'll help determine the origin of your issues and work hard to get you support and living pain free.