Quicker Sciatica Healing with Chiropractic Care

In our Anchorage practice, it isn't unusual for us to see people struggling with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Mel has helped many of these people improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so helpful to those who suffer with sciatica? First off, it reduces their recovery time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

In the article, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, the authors looked at 44 patients who had 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 found 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."

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 would that increase productivity, but it could also decrease costs to businesses and employees from lost work.

If you live in Anchorage and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Mel is here to assist. Give us a call at (907) 280-9991 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.

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