In our San Angelo office, it's common for us to see people struggling with sciatica, and Dr. Pittman has helped many of them recover with chiropractic treatment. What makes chiropractic treatment so beneficial to those who suffer with sciatica? First, it shortens their recovery time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.
In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, the authors 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 average follow-up being two years after treatment.
The authors found that all but two patients returned to work after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average period of time that the individuals 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 about 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 would also decrease costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in San Angelo and you suffer with sciatica pain, Dr. Pittman is here to assist. Give us a call at (325) 223-9355 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatica 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.