Twenty years of treating people whose backs ache, trying to help thousands find its cause and deal with its crippling challenges, I have developed my own set of ideas for what to do when your back hurts, when you have a pain in the butt or when nasty sensations radiate down your leg.
While some physicians think back problems are mostly psychological, I believe in a practical, diagnosis-based approach. To avoid back pain Hell and wandering from clinician to clinician, these are the rules to follow.
jeb50 said on 10 Tuesday 2011 pm31 5:08 pm:
Any doctor that doesn't at least get an x-ray first doesn't know what they are doing. I had a disc removed in '82 and really felt good for a number of years then the pain started again. Saw a neurosurgeon and an orthopedic surgeon and both said that at that time more surgery wouldn't help but exercise and a painkiller now and then should work and it did again for a number of years. Then the pain got worse and lasted longer. Last Nov. I had rods and separators put in 4 vertebra of my lower back. I am better now but tell everyone that back surgery is always a last resort.