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Chiropractors Can Help Sciatica Pain

Chiropractic care along with home exercise can help ease back pain that radiates down the leg (sciatica).

When people suffer back pain that radiates down the leg, it’s called sciatica. A new study shows that chiropractic care together with exercise and advice is more helpful than exercise and advice alone.

In the study, 192 patients who reported experiencing sciatica for at least four weeks were randomly assigned to do specific home exercises and given pain management techniques or to follow these guidelines and also get chiropractic manipulation up to 20 times during the first three months. After three months, more than one-third of those in the spinal manipulation group reported significant relief from their back and leg pain, compared to just under on-fifth of those in the exercise-alone group.

A year out, there were no differences in freedom from pain between the two groups, but the results of the study indicate that chiropractic care can provide significant short-term relief for sciatica.

[Annals of Internal Medicine, Sept. 15, 2014]

6/20/18 redirected to: https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/articles/will-chiropractic-care-help-you-recover-from-back-pain/


Back pain, and especially pain that radiates down the leg, can be very hard to treat. So from The People’s Pharmacy perspective, this research is good news indeed. We don’t have effective pain medications to help with this problem, so even knowing that there is help available after several sessions with a chiropractor should be a relief.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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