Low Back Pain

In this video post, I’ll show you the MRI scan of a male patient, about 55 years old, who has right-sided, low back pain, without radiation of pain into his buttock, hip or leg. It’s only low back pain; what we call axial pain. And it’s just a little to the right side.

You’ll see that his MRI scan looks pretty good at each level, which is good news. But he does have a little bit of a disc problem on the right side, which probably explains his symptom of right-sided low back pain. He should be fairly easy to help improve and resolve his pain.

Sometimes, as in this case, a person will bring me their spouse for treatment, and after they hear me explain things, they decide to try the treatment themselves for a painful problem that is not severe, and which they have just decided to “live with”. Most of the time I treat people, it’s for a pretty severe problem, but it’s always enjoyable for me to treat accompanying people, who spontaneously decide they would like to try the treatment for a problem they have given up trying to get better.

There are many reasons they may choose treatment with me. This includes the pure logical appeal that my explanation has, of the pathology and the ubiquity of spinal compression as the cause of common spinal pain, including theirs.

Another reason is that treating with me doesn’t involve a “hard sell” for a specific number of treatments. When I treat a patient, my objective is to improve or resolve their pain, and that can take any number of treatments, but it’s not a number that I dictate. Further, patients are considering many variables when they choose treatment, including proximity or distance from my office, and the expense. Sometimes their concern over the distance or cost of treatment (which is small), trumps their pain, perhaps because their pain is relatively mild.

In my experience, people are often living with pain that they become accustomed to. When I sense this, I may suggest they try a treatment to see how it may help them. Usually, they are pleasantly pleased with how much better they feel, and then they can decide when they would like to do the treatment in the future.

I’ve done many videos on the real cause of common neck and back pain, and it is a slowly, progressive, degenerative, compressive process, which is why the most effective treatment is to decompress the spine using spinal decompression treatment. The best method to do this is with a well-engineered table, and these don’t come cheap. Cheap traction tables are often ineffective for this purpose, and, as a result, many spinal treatment providers do not use this treatment.

If you’ve never tried this treatment, many patients find it to be a miraculously effective treatment, which is always fun for me to see, and it is a privilege for me to have it for my clinical use. It has been the best part of my 35 years experience, including 18 years in an orthopedic, physical medicine and physical therapy clinic, as well as 5 years in a neurosurgical clinic.

If I can help you, please call me at 404-558-4015.