What can doctors do for your back pain?
The bottom line for chronic back pain is that opioids don’t work and should not be initiated. Surgery and injections rarely work, and scans are unnecessary. Each of these interventions carries a risk of harm and, in the case of opioids, the treatment, rather than the disease, may be fatal. The problem is that patients feel cheated when “everyone” including the neighbour, colleague and spouse seems to obtain an immediate MRI, a script for morphine and a neurosurgery referral. And yet, as any honest clinician would attest, this hapless situation has only resulted through deficient medical education, aggressive opioid marketing, perverse insurance incentives, and the pressure on doctors to do something. It takes 30 seconds to order morphine and an MRI but 30 minutes to (often unsuccessfully) explain why to avoid both. Finally, in an era of defensive medicine, it’s much easier for doctors to over-treat than follow principle and find themselves alone.
Read this article in The Guardian and find out about Spinal Decompression Therapy: https://www.theguardian.com/society/commentisfree/2020/feb/03/what-can-doctors-do-for-your-back-pain-not-as-much-as-you-can