For a long time now I have been saying that back pain can be more readily treated with natural techniques than by surgery, drugs etc. New evidence is showing that most people are much more likely to recover without surgery. In many cases back pain surgery can go completely wrong leaving the patient in more pain than ever.
Records from 1,450 patients of the Ohio bureau of Workers’ Compensation with a herniated disc diagnosis, disc degeneration or radiculopathy — a nerve condition causing weakness and tingling in the arms and legs. About half had surgery to fuse two or more vertebrae, the other half had no surgery.
Two years later only 26 percent of those who had back surgery were able to return to work while 67 percent of those with no surgery were able to be productive again. Not only that, but there was a 41 percent increase in the use of opiates in those who had fusion surgery.
Here is that article on back pain surgery.
Those are pretty poor odds, especially considering that natural treatments have been shown to be much more successful.
In 2007 the agency for health care research reported that 27 million Americans reported back pain. And, they spent over 30 billion dollars on various back pain treatments. While some of this money goes for alternative treatments, a big part of it is spent on surgeries.
Many people think that aches and pains are part of growing older. I disagree. Older people may need to be a little more careful with their health if they abused their body while younger, but pain, even lower back pain, is not normal. It means that something is wrong. The body wants to heal, all it needs is the opportunity.
Now, more than ever, it is important to take your health into your own hands. You can start by learning to eliminating your back pain through holistic treatments. Most of what I teach for back pain will also help with health in general. A lot of this valuable information can be found in my free book, Back Pain Secrets. Even more is contained in my book, Self Adjusting Technique.