Is it possible to cure back pain without surgery? While I’m no doctor, I am someone who has lived with back pain, had surgery and for the last eight years have been relatively pain free. I can tell you that surgery alone is not the answer. Surgery can fix the problem of a ruptured disc. But only by changing your life style can you truly cure back pain.
Think of it this way. You have back pain and after an MRI and discussion with your doctor you decide on surgery. After the operation the surgeon tells you he “fixed” the problem and mechanically you’re fine. But are you? Have you changed your lifestyle and addressed the underlying causes of your pain? Or did you rely on doctors, surgeons and drugs to ease your agony?
Let me make an important point. Modern medicine and the advance in surgical procedures or absolutely wonderful. But they can only go so far. We all know stories of a person who smoked, had lung cancer and beat it only to start smoking again. Or an overweight person who spent a fortune on weight lost programs, lost the weight only to gain it back!
It’s hard to change habits and lifestyle. However in my opinion the only way to cure back pain is to get to the root cause. Think of it this way. I bring my car into the shop and have the brakes replace. But I continue to slam on the brakes and or constantly ride the brakes and have to replace them much sooner than would be otherwise expected if I drove the car properly. Who is to blame? My mechanic for doing a bad job? The brakes pads for being faulty? No, the problem is not the brakes or the mechanic, the fault rest with me? I failed to change my driving habits and the results were predictable.
Relying solely on doctors and drugs to cure my back pain and not addressing the underlying problems will more than likely put you right back in the doctor’s office. Too many people expect the surgery to cure their back pain and then they can go back living their normal lives. Not taking action to address the real causes of their back pain only leads to more problems.
The real way to cure back pain whether you have surgery or not is to make positive changes in your life. Two of the most critical are:
1. Lose weight! I know a person who had back surgery about the same time I had mine and who has lived with back pain ever since. It’s gotten so bad that he can barely walk. He gone to all kinds of specialists, endured all kinds of test and procedures and still the pain persists.
However the one thing he could do which in my opinion would make all the difference is lose the spare tire around his gut! This extra 20 or 30 pounds puts enormous strain on his back. But whenever I mention the fact he gets mad and tells me to mine my own business! I should add this person has diabetes and high blood pressure. Again losing the weight would make a huge difference in his health.
2. Exercise: There are exercises that will straighten your back from simple walking to specific movements designed to address your particular problem. I follow continue to live an active pain-free life.
None of this is rocket science. Rely on surgery to cure your pain and ignoring the reasons that caused the pain is foolish. Why live in pain if the cure is readily available? Curing your back pain really is up to you!