In our Great Falls, MT office, it's common for us to see patients suffering with sciatica, and Dr. Six has helped many of them heal with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so useful to those who suffer with sciatica? First off, it shortens their recovery time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.
In the article, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, the authors looked at 44 patients who reported abrupt low back pain that was clinically diagnosed 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 work after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, the average length 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 almost 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only would that increase work productivity, but it would also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Great Falls, MT and you suffer with sciatica pain, Dr. Six is here to help. Give us a call at (406) 452-6929 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.