Back Pain Resources
Back pain resources include any information, hands on instruction, or treatments that help you to get better, including books, back exercise videos, educational organizations, and products. Some people will get better on their own, without any of these resources, while others may benefit from these types of helpful treatments and educational tools. Let's take a look at what is available to you to draw you into your path towards comfort and back health.
Books: there are many books out there from prominent doctors in back medicine. These doctors will tell you what lifestyle factors cause back pain, what types of diseases cause back conditions, and how doctors make their diagnoses of individual back conditions. These doctors will use all the information that they have available to tell you what kind of treatments are available, and which ones work better than others. Let's take a look at the book Healing Back Pain by Dr. John E. Sarno.
Healing Back Pain by John E. Sarno: Dr. Sarno is one of a number of doctors who subscribe to the belief that most cases of back pain are psychosomatic. Psychosomatic pain is pain that is brought on by anxiety or depression. Dr. John E Sarno has labeled back pain with rooted in psychological distress as TMS, or Tension Myositis Syndrome. TMS is a medical term coined by Dr. Sarno (and not accepted by most doctors) in which continues stress by patients contribute to a hypersensitivity of the nerves that send pain signals to the brain, and chronic tension of the nerves that support the back. Dr. Sarno goes on to make the point that not only does pain stress related in many cases, but that it is stress-related in most cases. Dr. Sarno then goes on to point out that there is very little correlation between obesity and herniated discs and back pain. Based on this hypothesis, one would assume that when a person's psychological problems were resolved, their pain would go away. In his books, he backs up that hypothesis with evidence from his clinical practice cases.
"I believe that Dr. Sarno is a living saint. There are some people that are blessed on this planet, with more knowledge than others. At the time of their lives they are ridiculed. They are treated as lunatics, heretics… and then after their death, we find out that they were the father of original thought, visionaries…and then it's too late to thank them. There are actually living people on this earth who are deserving of sainthood. For anybody out there who suffers from back pain, chronic headaches, dare I say almost any illness on the planet… I want you to listen carefully to the man I'm about to have on next. " Broadcast journalist Howard Stern, who was about to interview Dr. Sarno, who Mr. Stern claimed to cure him of his chronic back pain condition without any medications or back surgery.
Instead of steroid medications which destroy bone, and NSAID medications, which destroy the inner lining of our digestive tract, Dr. Sarno recommend treatments that rehabilitate the mind. Treatment protocols for TMS includes education, resumption of a normal lifestyle, and counseling or support meetings to resolve any underlying psychological conditions. Dr. David Schechter, a former protégé of Sarno, led a peer reviewed study and found that 54% of chronic back pain patients who underwent TMS treatment were successfully treated for their pain condition.
Other books by Dr. Sarno include "Mind over Back Pain" and "The Mind Body Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain".
Back Exercise Videos: Today, many doctors with specialties in rehabilitative medicine, as well as physical therapists, have posted videos online to show people the types of exercises that are taught and performed in many physical therapy clinics. These exercise videos are not mean to supplant the kind of hands on instruction that you would receive from a physical therapist. But these exercises may refresh your memory if you want to make sure that you are doing the prescribed exercises correctly at home. Back exercise are designed to reeducate you about posture, strengthen the muscles that support your back, and increase flexibility. Many of these exercises are not designed to rehabilitate a specific injured part of the back. What these exercises are designed is strengthen the core muscles of your body, including the abdominal and back muscles that attach to our spine.
Some of the most common back exercises videos include those that are designed to stretch and strengthen the hamstrings, the muscles around the sciatic nerve, and the piriformis muscle.
Educational Organizations: Today there are nearly 50 organizations that are established to help patients treat or cope with their musculoskeletal condition. these organizations are non-profit are designed to provide patients with information about their orthopedic condition, what treatments are available, and how to get patients in contact with the best specialists to help them with their acute or chronic condition. Orthopedic medical groups and organizations include the American Academy of Pain Medicine: www.painmed.org, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons www.aaos.org/, and the American Orthopaedic Association www.aoassn.org