In our Asheville practice, it isn't uncommon for us to see patients troubled with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Myers has helped many of these people improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so beneficial to those who suffer with this condition? First off, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.
In the article, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, researchers looked at 44 patients who had sudden low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatica. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.
The researchers found that all but two patients went back to work after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, the average amount of time that the patients 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 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 might also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Asheville and you suffer from sciatic pain, Dr. Myers is here to assist. Give us a call at (828) 676-0963 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to recovery.
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.