In our Woburn office, it isn't uncommon for us to see patients struggling with sciatica, and Dr. Ellis has helped many of them recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so helpful to those who suffer with sciatica? First off, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.
In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, researchers looked at 44 patients who reported sudden low back pain that was identified 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 discovered that all but two patients returned to their jobs after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average period 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 missed 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 productivity, but it might also decrease costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Woburn and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Ellis is here to help. Give us a call at (781) 460-0939 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.
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