In our Tumwater office, it isn't unusual for us to see people suffering with sciatica, and Dr. Harrell has helped many of them heal with chiropractic treatment. What makes chiropractic therapy so useful to those who suffer with sciatica pain? First off, it reduces their healing time 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 sudden low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatic nerve pain. The participants 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. Furthermore, 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."
Given the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 170,450 days of work were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is nearly 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 lessen costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Tumwater and you suffer with sciatica pain, Dr. Harrell is here to assist. Give us a call at (360) 489-0635 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.