In our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA practice, it isn't unusual for us to see patients suffering with sciatica pain, and Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin has helped many of these people heal with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so helpful to those who suffer with this condition? First off, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian research study confirms it.
In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, the authors looked at 44 patients who presented with abrupt low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatica. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.
The researchers discovered that all but two patients returned to work after receiving chiropractic care, 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 over 170,000 workdays 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 would that increase work productivity, but it could also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Woburn & Chelmsford, MA and you suffer with sciatic pain, Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin is here to assist. Give us a call at (781) 460-0939 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.