Sciatica is a catch-all term that usually refers to sharp shooting pain down the back of the leg. Often times this type of pain is caused by irritation to the Sciatic Nerve, and sometimes that irritation is caused by a herniated disc in the lumbar spine.
In October of 2010, an experiment was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that compared the effectiveness of chiropractic care versus orthopedic surgery for patients with sciatica due to herniated discs. One requirement of the study was that only patients who had failed traditional medical care (pain medications, physical therapy, massage therapy) were allowed to participate.
Overall the study included 40 patients and randomly assigned each to either the chiropractic treatment or surgical treatment. The results demonstrated that both groups showed significant improvement in pain and function, and after 1 year there was no difference between patients who were adjusted by a chiropractor or had surgery. Overall, sixty percent of patients who failed medical management benefited from chiropractic manipulation as much as if they would have had surgery.
- McMorland G. et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther, 2010 Oct;33(8):576-84
Dr. Golob and Tumwater Chiropractic Center are proud to offer chiropractic adjustments to patients suffering from back pain whom are most likely to benefit from this technique.