Lower back pain treatment is one of the most profitable facets of the modern medical industry. Patients who suffer from chronic lower back pain comprise the majority of individuals who are relegated to ongoing and rarely successful back pain treatment regimens.
Medical science has proven itself to be virtually ineffective when it comes to successfully resolving most varieties of low back pain, much to the dismay of millions of suffering patients around the world. As a long time patient rights advocate, this is the statistic which inspires me most to help people who are burdened by these terribly afflictive conditions.
This essay provides an insider look at many of the inherent problems with most of the modern lower back pain treatment options.
Severe lower back pain is an epidemic condition which affects more than 4 out of 5 adults at some point in their lives. Most patients who have suffered significant debilitating back pain for even a short time rate it as the most agonizing experience of their lives.
Lower back symptoms are the second most common reason for a person to visit a healthcare professional. Low back pain which does not go away within a year has a better chance of lasting for life than it does of being cured. This is unacceptable.
Treating lower back pain has become one of the hottest and most profitable specialties in the entire medical community. The reason for this is simple… Patients with lasting pain require ongoing treatment and continuing care. This insures a return customer who will have a dependency on therapy long term. It is often all about money.
Most cases of low back pain are treated conservatively and non-surgically. Often these therapies continue for years or even indefinitely. Most conservative care options demonstrate poor curative statistics for ending painful symptoms. The most common types of conservative low back modalities include:
Physical therapy is designed to increase strength and flexibility of the affected area. It is excellent for rehabilitating injuries, but not well known for resolving chronic back pain.
Chiropractic can be a great part of a health maintenance program, but also shows disappointing results in permanently ending lower back pain.
Spinal decompression is a relatively new specialty in the back pain industry. So far, statistics look promising for curing many actual structural spinal conditions without surgery. Recommended for further investigation for indicated conditions.
Alternative and complementary therapies can be great for symptomatic relief, but rarely do anything to stop the pain from actually occurring.
Lower back surgery is a drastic solution for most patients. While some individuals do require surgical intervention for a variety of highly specific spinal conditions, back surgery is generally a far overused and inappropriate treatment for most patients. Judging by the results I have seen, a large percentage of operative procedures are completely unnecessary and many are utterly unsuccessful in the extended outlook.
Failed back surgery syndrome is a condition which affects millions of patients who have lost all hope and functionality due to their inappropriate or botched operations. It is criminal what is being done to these people.
Doctors who recommend surgery as a treatment option for conditions which can be treated non-surgically should take a good long look in the mirror. I don’t know how they can sleep at night.
Spinal fusion, in particular, is the very pinnacle of potential surgical disasters. For every patient who reports positive results from a fusion, I meet ten times that number who regret their decision to have the procedure to their last painful breath. If this operation has been advised for your condition, think long and think hard before acquiescing to the recommendation. This is especially true if your diagnosis involves any of the "normal and/or typical" spinal abnormalities treated with fusion, including disc disease and intervertebral herniations.
When it comes to lower back pain, I speak from a position of undeniable experience. I suffered with life altering agony for 18 long years, enjoyed a few years relief, then began suffering again. As a proactive person, I tried everything to cure my pain. Well, not only did none of the traditional medical or complementary methods cure my misery, but they did not even provide a substantial semblance of relief from the torture. In fact, my pain got worse every year, despite spending vast amounts of time and money looking for a cure. This is the reason why I am so interested in getting the word out about what really is going on inside the back pain treatment industry.
I have seen it all through the eyes of a patient and unfortunately, a patient I will seemingly always be… Just like you. Things have improved much in the many years since I wrote the section above and I credit the same techniques that eventually morphed into our proprietary pain relief program as being my path to a true cure. I hope that you will be as fortunate!
The bottom line comes down to this: Be careful with surgery, but also try not to become a slave to everlasting symptomatic care. Concentrate on achieving a correct diagnosis and find the least risky and most effective way to resolve that condition. Sounds easy right? I wish it truly was.