pain relief alternatives to drugs and surgery

Pain Relief Without Drugs or Surgery

By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.

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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  1. Margaret J. MacDonald

    on April 30, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    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

    What about grounding? It works for me!

  3. Tim Hickman

    on April 30, 2015 at 9:09 pm

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

  4. Nancy

    on May 1, 2015 at 1:38 am

    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

    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

    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

    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!

  8. John Thorp

    on October 17, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    You missed the Equiscope. Presented by ElectraNU. It combines several of the things you mentioned including Chinese medicine, Grounding adding missile guidance chip technology. No needles, no matter how small they still puncture and create a possibility of infection. Your body is an electrical network and when you have an injury or Dis Ease impedance is created due to the blockage in the cell channels. Blood flow and electricity travel the path of least resistance going around the area instead of thru it. By establishing intelligent electrical membrane potential using the Equiscope. This inn-putt out put device normalizes the conductance thru the injury, or cellular disfunction reestablishes membrane potential and takes a cell from a degenerative state to a regenerative state in a matter of seconds.
    Another important fact is your immune system is based on your bodies ability to store energy. The Equiscope strengthens the non-conducting medium in every cell by supplying the proper balance of positive and negative ions located in every cell. You are one big capacitor with 50 billion little capacitors and when they loose the ability to hold a charge due to damage injury or disease the first response is cellular inflammation and inflammation is the cause of pain. Stop the inflammation at the cellular level and stop the pain before it starts. The old saying rings true , “An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. I know you are aware of this since your horses are being treated daily using the Electro Equiscope. The treatment is painless and it Works! Pain free Electrically.

    John Thorp AFMCP. LMT

  9. HeartMD Editor

    on October 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Hi John,

    Thank you for sharing all of this great information with our readers. It is true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and the Equiscope can be a valuable therapy for pain relief without drugs.

    To locate a medical doctor that is using this NEW technology visit

  10. Simon

    on September 8, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Hi there I have ME (chronic fatigue syndrome) Also have arthritis in my lower back. I am in constant pain every day and I have flare ups there and bearable. I want extreme the high doses of pain meds and maxed out on all of them. But my pain is still there where and when I have a flare up my pain meds do not touch it. It was the causes me to have dizzy spells and a bit disoriented. Can you suggest anything to help me.

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