80% to 90% of Americans have low back pain at least once in their life. Not only adults, kids as well. Not enough: according to recent research, back pain is related to a 13% higher risk of premature death. Fortunately, nature leads us the way out of this deadlock. Just read on.
Catherine Leone from Philadelphia, PA, asks:
I am running in cycles with my still unsolved back pain. Do you know a way out, Doc?
Back pain is the highest contributor to disability worldwide. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACP) with 80% to 90% of Americans having low back pain at least once in their life. Not only adults, also kids. Characterized as acute (less than 4 weeks), subacute (4 to 12 weeks), and chronic (longer than 12 weeks).
At the same time, however, it is the most misunderstood health issue ever. With respect to the underlying cause (risk factors) of this problem, and how to handle it successfully. That’s why most of those concerned try to shy away from it, and not to take it serious or even life-threatening.
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
In fact, while the nidus of this illness is an inflamed spine, the underlying cause is not just physically, e.g., due to carrying heavy loads, etc.
Rather, it is basically a mind-body phenomenon of our biologic system, aggravated by psychological issues. Just take depression and stress which enhances the risk of back pain by 60%. Scientifically validated, inter alia, at Washington University in St. Louis.
Not enough, according to recent research at the University of Sydney, the Wesley Pain and Spine Center in Brisbane, and the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia – back pain is related to a 13% higher risk of premature death.
This medical complexity explains why isolated one-dimensional therapies with certain medications or surgeries are not the often extolled ‘wonder drug’. Rather, according to the Australian researchers, back pain surgery comes with a success rate of 50% at best for the first operation (with persistent post-operation pain), 30% for the second operation, and 15% for the third.
Also, opioids may not be considered ‘last option’ since they do not reduce pain (when compared with placebos), according to the American College of Physicians (ACP). And they come with dramatic mental side effects.
NATURE’S SCIENTIFICALLY VALIDATED ANSWER
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Dr. Mark Fritz, NMD, PhD