Sciatica causes low-back pain that is often severe and disabling. Studies suggest that compared to other types of back pain, sciatica results in the highest level of disability. Public health records in Norway have revealed that patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days per year.
If you're among the sufferers of debilitating sciatic pain and work injuries, Dr. Geary Michels can help you. Chiropractic techniques like those we use at Michels Spinal Rehab + Associates have been shown to speed sciatica recovery, allowing patients to return to work faster.
In a recent study, researchers evaluated 44 Norwegian workers who visited a hospital with severe sciatic pain. Most of the workers reported at least three weeks of severe pain before being admitted to the hospital.
While there, a chiropractor evaluated each patient, examining and recording posture, gait, and range of motion of the lumbar spine. The chiropractor then performed spinal adjustments. Participants also received chiropractic adjustments to treat pain in other joints, resulting from the patients' compensating for their low-back pain over time. During their hospital stay, patients were treated with chiropractic care daily, and then three times a week for two weeks after being discharged.
Within 21 days of chiropractic treatment, 91% of participants had returned to work full-time. The remainder of the patients were back to work on a part-time basis. The authors of the study concluded that their findings demonstrated the potential benefit of chiropractic for treating sciatica patients.
If you have sciatica, we can help you get back to work and stay there. Dr. Geary Michels uses spinal adjustment and other chiropractic modalities to relieve debilitating and chronic pain in his Salem patients. Our goal is to help our patients return to their lives, including their jobs. Call Michels Spinal Rehab + Associates for work-injury relief today.
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