In our Burke office, it's common for us to see people suffering with sciatica, and Dr. Zapf has helped many of them heal with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so helpful to those who suffer with sciatica? First off, it shortens their healing time 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 reported sudden low back pain that was identified as acute sciatic nerve pain. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean 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 amount 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 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 would that increase productivity, but it could also decrease costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Burke and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Zapf is here to assist. Give us a call at (703) 455-9555 and we'll work with you to find the root cause 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.