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Food for ThoughtBack Pain – Neck Pain – Spinal Related Disorders.

Back pain. If you are an adult you will  probably have had back pain, will get back pain – or are in pain right now.

Indeed 80 to 90% of the adult population gets back, neck or spinal pains. But is back pain a shortage of Nurofen or Voltaren?

Obviously not. Then why do we treat it that way?

If spinal pain is the warning light that something is wrong, why do we go for years with the warning light flashing at us? We certainly would not do that to our car.

If the spine is the most important organ we possess (we can’t live without it), and so many are debilitated by their spinal pain and the impact it has on the nervous system – why isn’t the spine treated with the respect it deserves?

For the average GP, spinal pain is considered ‘self limiting’ and merely a shortage of anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxants.

If you have pain for too long then you must have ‘arthritis’, ‘chronic pain syndrome’, ‘fibromyalgia’, ‘poly-rheumatica’ or ‘poly-myalgia’. Which is generally code for ‘I am not sure what is really causing your pain – but here are some drugs anyway’.

If X-rays are taken, they are usually done lying down. But last time I checked you don’t walk around lying down. Certainly no functional loading X-rays are ordered and no biomechanical assessment is performed.

We now have chiropractors, osteopaths and manipulative physiotherapists endlessly ‘cracking the sore bits’. Others just ‘crack and hope’ without an adequate diagnosis and usually without X-rays or MRI.

Physiotherapists are telling patients if they just do some exercises every thing will be OK. Usually the ‘diagnosis’ is what the GP tells the physiotherapist to do based on incorrect X-rays and an incomplete biomechanical, neurological, nutritional and functional analysis.

The point is, that if it just came down to a few exercises, then no athlete would ever get back pain. But they do.

What about the impact of diet and lifestyle? What about managing ALL the inflammatory changes within the body – not just the ones in the spine?

Much of the health care industry is focused on treating symptoms rather than investigating underlying causes and the effect of our genetics and diet on disease.