In our Rochester Hills, MI practice, it isn't uncommon for us to see patients suffering with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Dalton has helped many of these people improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so useful to those who suffer with sciatica? For starters, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian research study confirms it.
In the article, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, the authors looked at 44 patients who had sudden low back pain that was identified as acute sciatic nerve pain. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.
The researchers found that all but two patients returned to their jobs after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average amount 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 170,450 days of work were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is nearly 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only could that increase productivity, but it might also decrease costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Rochester Hills, MI and you suffer from sciatic pain, Dr. Dalton is here to assist. Give us a call at (248) 977-7039 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.
Chiropractors, often considered alternative or complementary medicine practitioners, are primary care doctors who focus on good health through proper nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle factors. The chiropractic philosophy is based on the idea that when nerves emerging from the spinal cord are compromised (known as a subluxation), the affected individual might experience pain, disability and an overall decrease in the quality of life.