pain relief alternatives to drugs and surgery

Pain Relief Without Drugs or Surgery

Back pain is the #1 cause of disability in the United States for people under the age of forty-five. Common causes include injury, spinal misalignments, and age-related wear-and-tear degeneration of spinal discs and structures. About 80 percent of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives, and about 20 percent develop the chronic kind that goes on and on, draining energy and destroying quality-of-life.Most of the time, back pain is treated with painkillers, and if that doesn’t work satisfactorily, doctors may recommend back surgery.

But pain meds generate many side effects and surgery has limitations, downsides, and a less than impressive success rate.

That’s why I want you to be aware of alternative methods before you opt for medication and surgery.

To find out more about alternatives, I spoke with Martin Gallagher, M.D., D.C. Dr. Gallagher is a pain expert who practices integrative medicine near Pittsburgh, and who has treated some of my own pain problems. He points out that many cases of lingering back pain are due to misalignments in the spinal column that can often be corrected through chiropractic adjustments, scientifically-validated as an effective and cost-effective treatment. He also recommends acupuncture and prolotherapy, an experimental technique in which potentially healing and fortifying substances are injected into the area of spinal disturbances causing back and leg pain.

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7 Comments

  1. Margaret J. MacDonald

    on April 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm

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    I had “spinal” surgery for a pinched nerve in Sept. & that went VERY well BUT the heart Dr “had” to get involved as “I” have a heart condition !! NEVER – till, 14 years ago I was put on Pravachol, then Lipator (that caused side-effect problems) had a triple-bi-pass & that Dr put me on Zocor AND Zetia (which can be “poison” & it was, for me.) So, the Heart Dr said I HAD TO have a blood-pressure pill, to go on with the back surgery. About a week later I had back pain, tight muscles etc I KNOW were from the pills – – “I” can NOT & now, will NOT take perscriptions !! Please comment ?? M.J.M.

  2. Bud

    on April 30, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Reply

    Doc,
    What about grounding? It works for me!

  3. Tim Hickman

    on April 30, 2015 at 9:09 pm

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    Do you have to take tablet to help two hands tingle?

  4. Nancy

    on May 1, 2015 at 1:38 am

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    What can I do for neuropathy in both of my big toes, caused by taking a statin drug? Can going to a chiropractor help me.

  5. jeanne provost

    on May 12, 2015 at 2:59 pm

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    what do you think of prolotherapy, and do you recommend a doctor in CT who may perform this?

  6. Pamela Jacqueline Friedman

    on May 13, 2015 at 9:28 pm

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    I had pvc’s years before and was given quinidine, then inderol. Weaned myself off it after one year. Four years ago they returned, started taking co q10 with no real improvement. Switched to ubiquinol, and the pvs’s stopped completely for 2 years. Suddenly after stress of family illness, they returned with a vengeance, causing me to gasp sometimes. I had an ekg, echo, carotid doppler, and 24hr halter. Stress test to be scheduled. My doctor says they are benign, and there is nothing to do, because they are singles? I am taking 2 grams of fish oil, 3 grams of d -ribose, and 300mg ubiquinol, plus 500 mg magnesium. Why do they come out of the blue, sometimes worse than others, with every other beat ? Are beta blockers used for this ever, if not What

  7. Sharon

    on September 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm

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    Thank you Dr Sinatra! My bff had 2 surgeries to replace hip and realign spine, and has been on pain meds ever since. She is on your awesome foursome, grounding, and now some acupuncture. But we did not get the full picture of what she is dealing with until this interview. Please keep up this informative work – just love it!

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