improved access to nonsurgical care (such as chiropractic care) for
those experiencing sciatic (leg pain) and low back pain reduce the high
rates of lumbar disc surgery? Denmark researchers recently
organized a study to find out. In 1997, two nonsurgical spine clinics
were opened, targeting patients with sciatica of 1 to 3 months’
duration, with or without low back pain. In the county where these
clinics operated, lumbar disc operations reduced from approximately
60-80 per 100,000 people before 1997 to 40 per 100,000 people in 2001.
The rate in the rest of Denmark, outside of the county, remained
unchanged during the same period. This
provides strong evidence showing the importance and overall impact of
conservative, nonsurgical care, which is exactly what chiropractic care
is all about!
Source: Spine. 30(21):2469-2473, November 1, 2005