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For back pain right now well if you are you are not alone 80% of Americans at some point during their lifetime will experience back pain.
And doctors a costly fighting to ease that pain but.
Are they incorrectly treating.
With the patients need so much here's separate fact from fiction is our own expert -- member Firefox's.
Medical -- team doctor mark Seigel doctor -- back pain a big deal -- me.
You help me out before in the past let's get through myths and facts here at -- first off back pain usually goes away on its own fact -- myth.
That's actually true and people don't realize that they're there with terrible back pain.
And by the way -- as we were saying with back pain is is because there's a tight compartment of muscle nerve and bone in one area so those nerves get inflamed.
And you get back pain it's very easy to get it that you get a muscle spasm and you think it's gonna last forever but most of the time it goes away on its own.
All right so they they are now we can only months located in the guidelines are always right.
Well I'm saying that that's Smith and I'll tell you what guidelines for back pain say that we overdo the treatment that we overdo the MRI that we overdo the these these steroids -- we overdo the narcotics and the and the surgeries.
But guidelines in general I don't believe is good medicine Bryan guidelines should be taken the place of buy the art of medicine which is one on one you came with a question I had an answer by -- on the person because you can't be -- general Bacchus something -- -- -- -- obviously -- certainly some people don't.
I hear -- in his scenario how -- this MRI scans CT scans and specialists are under utilized.
-- admit there is this a fact that's a myth there -- -- actually over utilized in the let me tell you 11% of people with back pain -- -- -- instance CT -- or MRI.
The truth is most of the time physical therapy heat.
Anti inflammatory is working you don't need imaging it's only -- -- the pain is radiating down your legs.
Or in the case of the neck radiating down your arms if if if there's a radiating fact or doesn't go away.
-- -- debilitating then you start -- the imaging studies here's another question for -- narcotics are good choice for back -- is that a myth or is that a fact that's totally America and what's really disturbing about narcotics Brian is that they're up to about 30% of background patients now.
A new study out of Harvard shows that in the past decade we've increased the prescriptions of these.
Up to 30% there addictive they cause terrible problems later on they don't solve the inflammation that I'm talking about in the back it's the wrong treat them -- -- just had this done behind camera one.
Back surgery is strictly -- done factor -- Absolutely a fact.
Because you know why.
Initially with back surgery you may have released it may work for a couple years studies show out of the NIH that down the line ten to 40% of back surgeries fail.
Now there are reasons court sometime if you got a really bad disc again if you -- radiating pain.
There may be indications for back surgery but don't rush to it just could you have some arthritis in the spine and bad idea and quick overall question what makes the back so challenging.
Well again the back -- challenging because we're using and all the time because we're actually we were to start off as apes.
We weren't supposed to be standing up.
We put tremendous pressure on the back when we sit when we stand and then the muscles nerves and bones -- very tightly together they get inflamed easily get the muscles and spasm.
The nerves inflamed and -- you are you have a problem with physical therapy.
Heat anti inflammatory as muscle relax and -- using the initial treatment.
A special thanks to early Americans because I would not want to be crawling right now whose ever idea was a stand up good move.
They -- you know it does cause of back pain absolutely.
And plus you don't wanna be -- will do absolutely not I've got you moment -- very good point.
Fox News medical -- -- dispelling some -- -- -- and I'm sure you're happy with your back surgery though right.
He is -- happy for the time being yes could but the.
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