In our Juneau, AK practice, it's common for us to see people struggling with sciatica pain, and Dr. Messerschmidt has helped many of these people recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so helpful to those who suffer with this condition? First, it reduces their recovery time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.
In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, the authors looked at 44 patients who had abrupt low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatica. 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 work after receiving chiropractic treatment, 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 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 work productivity, but it might also decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.
If you live in Juneau, AK and you suffer with sciatic pain, Dr. Messerschmidt is here to help. Give us a call at (907) 789-1344 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.