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In our North St. Louis, MO practice, it isn't unusual for us to see people struggling with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Holland has helped many of these people heal with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so beneficial to those who suffer with sciatica? First, it shortens their healing time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, the authors looked at 44 patients who presented with sudden low back pain that was clinically diagnosed as acute sciatica. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.

The authors discovered that all but two patients returned to work after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. What's more, 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."

Considering 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 nearly 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only could that increase productivity, but it could also decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

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