Chiropractic for Sciatica in a Hospital Setting

The authors of this very practical and valuable new study from Norway are Jan Roar Orlin, MD, PhD, an orthopaedic consultant at the Central Hospital of Sogn and Fjordane in Norway, and André Didriksen, DC,

Patients were treated by a chiropractor daily while in the hospital, 3 days a week for the first 2 weeks at a chiropractic clinic following discharge from the hospital and then once or twice a week as necessary.
After chiropractic treatment 40 of the 44 patients returned to work fulltime within average period of 21.1 days. This compares with Norwegian Health Department data showing an average sick leave of 72 days for patients with sciatica who later return to work.

The orthopaedic consultant concluded that such an interdisciplinary partnership “may benefit not only patients but also the department as a whole”.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A (2007) J. Manipulative Physiol Ther 30: 135-139

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