Our Aloha chiropractors have seen sciatica patients in a wide variety of careers, who perform various on-the-job tasks, as well as participate in various lifestyle activities.
What occupational risk factors are associated with sciatic pain? Researchers recently investigated this in a study published in the journal Occupational Medicine. More than 800 male employees of a French gas and electric company were followed for two years to track development of low-back pain or sciatica. Participants were between 40-50 years old, and ranged widely in socioeconomic status, job level, and job responsibilities. They were evaluated throughout the study for pain levels, job satisfaction, lifestyle habits, and free-time activities, in addition to other factors.
Researchers found that the main risk factors for sciatica were a history of low-back pain, a height less than 180 cm tall, and driving as part of their work day a few times per week. They also found an elevated risk of sciatica in patients who engaged in do-it-yourself home improvement projects, sports, and those who had poor general health.
These risk factors were different than the patients who developed non-sciatic low-back pain. In their case, men who frequently bent forward and backward at work were more likely to develop low-back pain.
Because of this, this study demonstrated that the risk factors for low-back pain and sciatica are different.
Treatment can also vary between the two conditions. That is why it is crucial that you visit an expert who can consult with you about reducing your occupational risk of developing or exacerbating either low-back pain or sciatic pain. At Oregon Medical Centers, our caring and professional team can pinpoint the causes of your back pain and design a treatment plan for addressing it, getting your back to work and back to your life. Our Aloha and Beaverton chiropractors have treated thousands of patients over the years. To become another one of our success stories, schedule an appointment today.
Leclerc, A, et al. Personal and occupational predictors of sciatica in the GAZEL cohort. Occupational Medicine 2003; 53(6): 384-91. doi:10.1093/occmed/kqg072.