Back pain? Need relief? Stay Active! Don’t Take a Pill, And Don’t Call Your Doctor.

“go run, be active, instead of taking a pill.” say Dr. Jim Weinstein, a back pain specialist at Dartmouth. Today’s New York Times interviewed Seattle’s own Chris Standaert, M.D., a leader in rehab medicine. Dr. Standaert said that new research shows that relieving back pain is not about taking medication, but rather teaching the patient how to set goals and work towards returning to an active lifestyle.
 
The newest research suggests that if you are having back pain (only, no radiating pain down your leg), you should try exercise, acupuncture, yoga or massage therapy BEFORE taking muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatories.
 
Let’s see how the medical industrial complex responds to this latest research.