Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Short Primer on Lower Back Pain Remedies

For the better part of my adult life I’ve enjoyed pain-free activities that have included a wide range of sports such as handball, tennis, skiing, running and cycling. So, when I started to develop chronic hip pain that was unresponsive to the usual intervention strategies, I was at a loss as to what remedy would make things better. So, I visited the sports medicine guys and the MRI machine. I was astounded when there before my very eyes- a L5 bulging disk that was intruding into the spinal channel. Bummer. But, at least it wasn’t cancer.

For over 40 years my strength-training regimen had included 20 reps of hip extensions on a Roman Chair with 70 pounds, I was pretty certain that the prophylactic value of this activity had prevented any number of musculoskeletal injuries along the way. But, time respects no man and my childhood scoliosis had ultimately made itself known. There was no one event that precipitated this outcome. it was, as they say, a degenerative disease. Man, I hate that one. 

The treatment of the symptoms was immediately effective and well below any threshold of pain on a scale of 1-10. I barely felt anything as the physiatrist manipulated the needle to the point of pain and injected the cortisone.

Over the past two decades of the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, there have been any number of athletes who have succumbed to back injuries. Your core is hugely important in all of your lifting and carrying activities.  We know that strength is one of the most important dimensions of fitness in firefighting. Looking for some lesson that has some widespread applicability, don’t ignore pain. It rarely goes away on its own. 

Modern day medicine has made huge gains in diagnostic technologies as evidenced by the fluoroscope picture of the needle in position. Can you imagine trying this procedure without seeing where you are? From my vantage point, if you’ve got chronic pain, take a proactive approach; you’ll be glad you did. 


Kelly said...

Great primer! I have been experiencing horrible back pain recently and my doctor referred me to a back specialist. He then prescribed an MRI which I am having done tomorrow. If you don't mind me asking, what was your MRI like? I have never had one and have heard many things from many different people. Any advice on how to handle it would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

Unknown said...

Contemporary remedies has made huge profits in analytic technology as confirmed by the fluoroscope image of the hook in position.

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Unknown said...

Glad is wasn't cancer, too. That fear is always real. I find it hard to know when a pain is serious enough to warrant doctor's visit. I also had a more serious injury that I tried to ignore, but when I learned how serious it could have become if untreated,I decided from now on to be safe rather than sorry. I visit my NJ Pain Management center at the first sign of trouble now. Good luck to you in your recovery.

Unknown said...

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Rajinder Singh said...

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Virginia said...

Recently, a business associate shared with me an intriguing story about someone with back pain...

Michelle Onoff is a successful yoga instructor. Yet for some reason, she suffered with lower back pain.

As a chiropractor, and someone in the healthcare field, I was fascinated by this.

I don't know about you, but I was under the impression that yoga instructors, given their active, stretch-filled, muscle-focused, posture-perfect profession and lifestyle, would be the LAST PEOPLE ON EARTH to experience back pain.

Actually, I was kind of shocked.

If a health-minded yoga instructor can be dealt a crippling back pain blow, what does this say about the rest of us?

Here's Michelle story in her own words. I think it'll inspire hope if you're suffering...

"I was feeling very weak in my core area. And I was having some radiating pain in my lower back.

And I was going to the doctors, and they were telling me things like you need to have disc replacement.

You need to have all these surgeries...

You need to be on these pain medications;

And they wanted to put me through a lot of surgical procedures...

I didn’t want to do ANY of that. But the pain was so bad... I needed some relief.

So I went to two neurosurgeons and I went to a back pain specialist...

The surgeons wanted to operate on me in different places...

… and the back pain specialist wanted to do various procedures, including implanting something permanent in my spine.

I’ve had four procedures that involved needles in my spine, epidurals in my spine and that only gave me a little bit of temporary relief for a couple days.

But it did not cure or really help anything.

It just put a band-aid on a pain for couple of days and that was it.

After my first session of Back Pain Relief4Life, I felt an opening in my back that I haven’t felt in a long time.

I felt stronger to my core and I felt that that radiating burning heat pain that I was feeling, seem to dissipate a little bit.

It seemed to just open up my back in general.

And then after my second session today, I noticed EVEN MORE the stretch in my lower back and more strengthening in muscles that had been weak that I think might help support my lower back.

I was VERY SKEPTICAL about doing Back Pain Relief4Life. Because, as I am a yoga instructor, I feel very knowledgeable in anatomy. And how to help people that come to me in pain.

But I was not aware of certain muscles that I was not using in the body that might help my lower back."

- Michelle Onoff

Here's the back pain program she's referring to:

==>Back Pain Relief 4 Life

I share this with you today because if you suffer from back pain (like 3/4 of the population), I'm told this pain relief program WORKS WONDERS.

People, in as little as 16 minutes, have experienced nothing less than total relief. Do nothing more than a specific sequence of 8 simple, pain-relieving movements.

Sounds incredible, but yet Michelle is a prime example.

See for yourself. Especially if you're being told surgery, needles and medication are in your immediate future.

==>Back Pain Relief 4 Life

You've got nothing to lose.

Rajinder Singh

PS: My personal takeaway? Michelle was humble to admit yoga wasn't working for her.

To me? That takes guts.

She was also smart enough to stay away from drugs and surgery when there were other more natural options.

But sometimes, one gets to the point where you'll try ANYTHING to get even a little bit of relief. If you're at that point, I encourage you to check out:

==>Back Pain Relief 4 Life