In our Lancaster practice, it isn't unusual for us to see people struggling with sciatica pain, and Vital Steps Chiropractic has helped many of them recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so useful to those who suffer with sciatica? First, it shortens their time of recovery and a Norwegian research study confirms it.
In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, researchers looked at 44 patients who presented with 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 researchers discovered that all but two patients went back to work after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average length 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 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 could that increase work productivity, but it would also reduce costs to businesses and workers from lost work.
If you live in Lancaster and you suffer with sciatica pain, Vital Steps Chiropractic is here to help. Give us a call at (803) 416-2990 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatica 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.