Skip the meds. Lower back pain—one of the most common reasons for a doctor’s visit—is best treated with alternative, natural and psychological therapies, say new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.
Functional restoration uses exercise and psychological therapy to get patients over fear and back to normal life.
Evaluating and treating pain is something that ER doctors do on a daily basis for patients with abdominal pain, headaches and fractures, as well as back pain.
But in light of the spiraling dilemma of overdoses and addiction that have resulted from overprescribing of opiates, searching for new and alternative therapies that are safer, but also capable of effectively treating pain, is critical to solving this crisis.
Throwing powerful drugs at chronic pain problems may only add to the problem because ever higher doses are often needed to keep the pain at bay. Knowing this, a growing cadre of specialists are exploring nondrug, noninvasive treatments, some of which have proved highly effective in relieving chronic pain.
Though he may not be a household name, Sarno is probably America’s most famous back pain doctor. Before his death on June 22, a day shy of his 94th birthday, he published four books and built a cult-like following of thousands of patients — including Howard Stern, and Larry David. Many of them claim to have been healed by Sarno, who essentially argued back pain was all in people’s heads. And Sarno himself often said that some 80 percent of his patients got better.
Yoga works as well as physical therapy for relieving back pain, a randomized trial found.
Doctors need to educate their patients that lower back pain is like a common cold ― unpleasant but hard to treat and likely to go away on its own. And chances are painkillers won’t do much to help.
You’re at the point where your chronic back pain is negatively impacting your daily life, and you know you need to find a solution. This can be a nerve-racking time, filled with questions and uncertainty both for you and your family.
The good news is you are not alone. Two-thirds of Americans suffer from low back pain issues, and we want to help you be one of the many who find their appropriate path to healing and recovery.
The goal of medical treatments is to reduce pain, but these treatments do not change the underlying source of pain.
In some cases, the holistic practice could replace narcotics. Integrating meditation into regular treatment could significantly cut healthcare costs.
Many physicians are advocating a simpler approach to treating lower back pain: exercise.
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As many as 90% of back-pain episodes resolve within 6 weeks, whether they're the result of an injury or due to a structural or nerve problem. Of course, knowing that fact makes the misery only slightly more bearable, so try these patience-prolonging strategies to relieve your pain and possibly even shorten the wait until Father Time works his subtle magic.
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