Treatment for lower back pain is the biggest money maker in the dorsopathy industry, despite the generally poor curative results offered to suffering patients. Lower back pain is the most common and agonizing of all symptomatic dorsal expressions and patients who enter treatment for chronic lower back pain, lasting more than a year, will statistically rarely recover. While this is a startling fact for back pain sufferers, it is pure money in the bank for doctors and chiropractors who make their livings literally off the backs of others!
Finding an effective treatment is the single biggest hurdle that most patients face. Most try a multitude of therapies with varying results, but few find that magic bullet which truly ends pain once and for all.
Conservative therapy modalities are almost always prescribed in the hope that the pain will basically resolve on its own. These conservative back care methods are not generally designed to cure anything, but rather to relieve the symptoms and provide hope that the underlying causation will simply go away. Is this good medicine? You tell me…
The most common conservative approaches include pain management drugs, chiropractic and physical therapy. None of these techniques will generally cure a herniated disc, spinal arthritis or a curved spine, yet they are recommended by virtually every doctor for virtually every patient the world over, regardless of diagnosis. Go figure.
When patients finally get tired of wasting time and money on conservative symptomatic lower back pain treatments, they will be given the chance to try more moderate treatment methods. These generally include spinal decompression, epidural injections and minimally invasive back surgeries designed to deal with symptoms, not structural issues.
Epidurals are simply more of the same ridiculous symptomatic care using drugs.
Minimally invasive nerve burning and radio frequency procedures are fine for pain control, but will not cure the causative condition in most cases.
Only nonsurgical spinal decompression has any hope of providing lasting relief and this method is unfortunately only indicated for very specific sources of pain.
Of course, we all know what happens to most people with chronic back pain. They eventually acquiesce to surgical intervention in the hope of finding a cure. Well, the good thing about surgery is that if the diagnosis is correct and the procedure goes flawlessly, a cure may well be provided.
The bad news is that statistically, this is not likely to happen. Most back procedures will fail immediately or eventually and only a minority of patients will enjoy relief for 7 years or more.
Many surgeries do not even treat the actual source of pain. Many surgeries also do more structural damage than they cure, even when the diagnosis is correct.
Most surgical patients suffer terribly from their experience, regardless of results offered. A few enjoy full cures. Many enjoy immediate full to partial relief, only to endure a worse relapse of original or new symptoms within several months to several years. A great number immediately suffer a worsened symptomatic expression and are deemed failed back surgery recipients. There is little hope for these poor souls. When it comes to surgery… Be very, very careful.
Remember, in some cases, the theory that the spine is somehow damaged is incorrect. Many structural irregularities are actually typical results of the degenerative processes in the spine and do not require any care. However, once surgery is performed and the spine is altered, now at least the diagnostic verdict will be correct, since once cut, there may be no going back, being that now, the damage is real.