Tag: lower back pain

Can a psychologist cure your chronic lower back pain?

Can a psychologist cure your chronic lower back pain? Recently, there have been a number of internet articles regarding chronic lower back pain which can be resolved by a psychologist. Dr. John Sarno, who made headlines with his books on the subject. He charged$1000 for a session and then told you you could come back to any group sessions for free.   He made a fortune with his books that were promoted by his hospital at the time and his theory of TMS (Tension Myositis Syndrome). 12 years ago I had written my own book, Cheating Mother Nature, What You Need Read More »

Stop using muscle relaxants for lower back pain; there is no evidence they work.

Stop using muscle relaxants for lower back pain; there is no evidence they work. In February 2017, the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that back pain treatment should not include drugs as an initial treatment according to the best available evidence.  They advised using a number of treatments that included exercise, manipulation of the spine, massage, and other modes of care that were movement-based.   They told doctors to avoid using a medication, tests, and invasive procedures. Chiropractors are the only group that uses a number of the treatments on the Annals of Internal Medicine list. Consumer Reports and Men’s Health Read More »

Avoiding chronic lower back pain is as simple as visiting a chiropractor first.

Avoiding chronic lower back pain is as simple as visiting a chiropractor first. Growing evidence suggests that medical management of lower back pain is more likely to leave you with chronic lower back problems than visiting a chiropractor or physical therapist first according to a recent study. Insurers now have reams of data showing that visiting a chiropractor first reduces the cost and chronicity of lower back pain. Chronic back pain is worsened by pain management, medication, and back surgery which can further reduce the ability to move. The guidelines from the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1997 are frequently Read More »

Is Tiger Woods showing us why spinal fusion back surgery is a bad solution to back pain?

Is Tiger Woods showing us why spinal fusion back surgery is a bad solution to back pain? Tiger Woods recently had another back surgery.  News leaked this week that Tiger has undergone his 5th, yes, count them 1-2-3-4-5, back surgery in the last six years. Despite an incredible comeback after his spinal fusion back surgery, it seems like his body may finally be giving it out, or are his team of advisors and medical staff missing why he continues to have more back problems despite their best efforts? What can we learn from his and the experience of millions of Read More »

Lower back and leg pain from a herniated disc; who should you visit first?

Lower back and leg pain from a herniated disc; who should you visit first? On Fathers Day a number of years ago, I woke up in the morning getting ready to play softball.  Since I do physical work as a chiropractor, it didn’t seem too strange to have some lower back soreness. That Sunday my lower back felt strange but I warmed up with a foam roller, stretches, and joined the other 8 guys on the team for the morning game. This was the beginning of my lower back and leg pain experience. It was my turn at bat and Read More »