Sunday 8 June 2014

Doctors Overtreat Back Pain with Unnecessary Drugs and Surgery

Most cases of back pain are a result of mechanical problems, such as poor posture or improper movement that are best prevented and managed by regular exercise and strengthening your back and abdominal muscles.

Well-established guidelines for the treatment of back pain require very conservative management ; in most cases, no more than aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) and physical therapy.

Recent research shows that many doctors do not follow these guidelines. Over the past decade, use of Tylenol and NSAID’s declined by about 50 percent, while prescriptions for opiates rose by more than 50 percent.

Some of the most effective treatments for back pain include chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, acupuncture, and massage.

Dominick Hussey

Osteopath and Functional Medicine Practitioner

Osteopathy and Functional Medicine

Ottawa Holistic Wellness