In our Harleysville office, it's common for us to see patients struggling with sciatica pain, and Dr. Szilagyi has helped many of these people recover with chiropractic care. What makes chiropractic care so helpful to those who suffer with sciatica discomfort? First, it lessens their recovery time and a Norwegian research study confirms it.
In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, researchers looked at 44 patients who reported abrupt low back pain that was identified as acute sciatica. 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 went back to their jobs after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average length of time that the people 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 lost 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 reduce costs to businesses and workers from lost work.
If you live in Harleysville and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Szilagyi is here to assist. Give us a call at (215) 256-4345 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to health.
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.