In our Arlington, WA practice, it isn't unusual for us to see people troubled with sciatica pain, and Dr. Ernst has helped many of these people heal with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so beneficial to those who suffer with sciatica? 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, researchers looked at 44 patients who had sudden low back pain that was clinically diagnosed as acute sciatic nerve pain. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.
The authors discovered that all but two patients returned to work after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average amount of time that the individuals spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."
Given the fact 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 about 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 employees from lost work.
If you live in Arlington, WA and you suffer with sciatic 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 health.
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.