Non-Surgical, Drug-Free Treatment For Spinal Injuries
Back pain, one of the most common medical conditions afflicting adults today, affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives, and is said to be second only to the cough as the most common complaint for which patients seek medical care. Back pain is usually recurrent, and subsequent episodes tend to increase in severity. A common misconception is that 90% of back pain will go away on its own without treatment; however, a review published in the European Spine Journal in 2003, showed that the reported proportion of patients who still experienced pain after 12 months was 62% (range, 42-75%). There is also a large number of Americans who, after trying many standard treatments, are still left suffering with serious back pain.
Why Am I in Pain?
Often, the pain in your back or neck is due to a bulging or herniated condition of one or more of the cartilage discs located between each of the vertebrae that make up your spinal column. These discs act as spacers to keep the vertebrae apart, and as rubber bushings, providing a spinal shock absorber. They also provide a specialized surface for each vertebra to mechanically move on. This movement is necessary to nourish the discs.