In our Napa practice, it's common for us to see patients troubled with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Bettencourt has helped many of these people recover 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 study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, the authors looked at 44 patients who presented with abrupt low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatica. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.
The researchers discovered that all but two patients went back to work after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, the average length 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 almost 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 might also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in Napa and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Bettencourt is here to help. Give us a call at (707) 257-3600 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.