In our Arlington practice, it isn't uncommon for us to see patients suffering with sciatica pain, and Dr. Ernst has helped many of them improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so useful to those who suffer with this condition? For starters, it shortens their healing time and a Norwegian research study confirms it.
In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, the authors looked at 44 patients who presented with sudden low back pain that was identified as acute sciatica. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.
The authors found that all but two patients went back to their jobs after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, the average period of time that the patients spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."
Considering that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 170,450 days of work were lost in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is nearly 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only could that increase work productivity, but it might also reduce costs to businesses and workers from lost work.
If you live in Arlington and you suffer with sciatica pain, Dr. Ernst is here to assist. Give us a call at (360) 659-8464 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to recovery.
Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.