In our Kettering office, it isn't uncommon for us to see patients struggling with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Poelking has helped many of these people recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so beneficial to those who suffer with sciatica? First, 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 reported sudden low back pain that was clinically diagnosed as acute sciatica. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.
The authors found that all but two patients returned to their jobs after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, 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 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 productivity, but it would also decrease costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Kettering and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Poelking is here to assist. Give us a call at (937) 299-2900 and we'll work with you to find the root cause 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.