In our Saint Paul practice, it's common for us to see patients suffering with sciatica pain, and Dr. Slater has helped many of these people improve with chiropractic care. What makes chiropractic care so beneficial to those who suffer with sciatica issues? For starters, it shortens their time of recovery and a Norwegian research study confirms it.
In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, researchers looked at 44 patients who had sudden low back pain that was 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 researchers found that all but two patients returned to their jobs after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, the average amount of time that the people 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 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 would also diminish costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Saint Paul and you suffer with sciatica pain, Dr. Slater is here to help. Give us a call at (651) 699-3366 and we'll work with you to find the source 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.