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Back pain often overdiagnosed and overtreated
- By Daniel DeNoon, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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Daniel DeNoon, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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Great article. I have been living with back pain for many years now. I do all of the above mentioned. I ice it, I rest it, I do everything. There was still pain. But I tried this inversion table and it works so well! It has helped me a lot.
I have serious back pain after an accident for almost five years now. Used to refuse pain killers but it is otherwise impossible to function is one way or another. Orthomanual therapy helps for me as well to finally become painless for some time once in a while. However, I have several accidents due to difficult motorical issues so painless only last for a couple of weeks. When I fall, the back pain is back again most of the times. Any idea how to train to avoid that…
Interesting article! In this article, you will learn all about back pain and how to relieve it. But for me, I suggest a stretching device called the Backtrax(R). This will helped you gain relief without surgery or meds. I think if you want back pain relief without surgery or meds, this is the best alternative. They also have an unconditional money back guarantee, so there’s nothing to lose.
The problem surfaces when Doctors order unnecessary drugs or even do surgery when not even necessary but just to gain profits. The tips you gave are already enough to ease chronic back pains.
It is noteworthy to mention that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) low back pain early management clinical guidelines advocate not only exercise as one means of physical therapy.
I have had back pain for over 1 years. Now i am using pain Relief medicine
It is noteworthy to mention that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) low back pain early management clinical guidelines advocate not only exercise as one means of physical therapy, but also spinal manipulation and acupuncture:
That’s a good post. Back pain is a common problem that affects most people at some point in their life.
This study is in reference to “ROUTINE” backpain which is usually due to a sprain or “overwork”; not spinal disease. As far as the routine backpain treatment I agree. However, the news media coverage and JAMA article to not make the difference clear. I was first diagnosised with advance lumbar and cervical spinal arthritis at 33 and multi spinal region/multi disc level disease at 35. I was completely disabled at 48. An MRI or CT is the only current means of differentiating between a disease vs. routine back pain. An initial MRI is necessary for the provider and patient to know what the cause of the pain is, proper course of treatment, and prognoss. Spondylosis patients need a different course of treatment then a sprain.
I have had a hip problem since 11, and most of my life have suffered various back pain due to the hip. Mostly i have phsyio and exercise regularly, but at times need drugs and stuff that just do not seem to help. Recently my wife put me onto a natural collagen supplement which is meant for skin care and anti aging, but surprisingly i have had no hip pain, little to no back pain due to this collagen supplement. So wondering whether alot of pain is due to lack of protein and vitamins that the body lacks due to diet and nutrition?
oh and my mobility has increased 10 fold since taking the collagen supps…
As an acupuncture physician in private practice in Sarasota. I treat back pain patients on a daily basis. By the time most clients reach my clinic they are desperate for relief. Electro-acupuncture, low level laser therapy and point injection therapy have all proved effect in helping to reduce pain. I encourage all patients to explore the options that exist. Drugs and surgery are not the only answers.
You’re quite right! My husband threw out his back at work. It was horrible. Fortunately we found a talented acupuncturist and Jim was able to get back to work. Acupuncture works. We’re believers.
I don’t think “Back pain often overdiagnosed” – If you have pain in your back it’s a fact. the type of pain may be where or where the cause of the pain is from may be at question. Not the pain. How to handle it is out of control – that i’ll give you. 🙂
I have had lower back pain for over 20years and have never had to resort to narcotics or injections. Physical therapy,correct posture (while sitting or standing)and must importantly the right furniture i.e chair, mattress goes a long way in ensuring long periods free of back pain.
Obviously guidelines set by people who have never had crippling back pain. People don’t want to struggle with agony and severely limited activity for months waiting for “nature to take its course”. I’m sure bosses will be understanding and happy to give us a couple of months off to heal (not).
Take a combo of Endone, Panadol Osteo and Celebrex and then get the injections and you can start living again. Long term outcomes are not to only thing – we need to get people back into life so they are capable of exercise of core muscles.
I always (when I feel a pain in my back), heating in plenty of bedding and the next day I did not feel anything uncomfortable, nice article, greetings from walbus 🙂
Here very nicely explanation about it . Thanks for nice article.
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