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In our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, it isn't uncommon for us to see patients troubled with sciatica pain, and Dr. Holland has helped many of them improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so useful to those who suffer with this condition? First, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian research study confirms it.

In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, the authors looked at 44 patients who reported abrupt low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatic nerve pain. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.

The researchers discovered that all but two patients returned to work after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, 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 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 decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live in Downtown St. Louis, MO and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Holland is here to help. Give us a call at (314) 588-9100 and we'll work with you to find the root cause 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.