In our Arlington office, it isn't unusual for us to see patients troubled with sciatica, and Dr. Ernst has helped many of them recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so beneficial to those who suffer with this condition? First, it shortens their healing time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.
In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, researchers looked at 44 patients who reported abrupt low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatica. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.
The researchers found that all but two patients went back to their jobs after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average period of time that the individuals 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 over 170,000 workdays were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is almost 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only would that increase productivity, but it might also decrease costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Arlington and you suffer from 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 sciatica 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.