In our Arlington, WA office, it's common for us to see people struggling with sciatica, and Dr. Ernst has helped many of these people recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so useful to those who suffer with this condition? First off, it reduces their healing time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.
In the article, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, researchers looked at 44 patients who presented with sudden low back pain that was identified as acute sciatica. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.
The authors discovered that all but two patients returned to their jobs after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, 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 170,450 days of work were lost 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 would also reduce costs to businesses and workers from lost work.
If you live in Arlington, WA and you suffer from 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 source 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.