A Back “Checkup” Could Prevent Disability in Later Years
A good case can be made for a regular “Back and Nerve” checkup.
A 1994 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine imaged the spinal regions of 98 people with no back pain or back-related problems. The pictures were then sent to doctors who didn’t know that the patients were not in pain. The end result was disturbing: Eighty percent of the pain-free patients exhibited serious problems such as bulging, protruding, or herniated disks. In 38 percent of patients, the MRIs revealed multiple damaged disks. The disconnect between disk degeneration and back pain increases with age: More than 80 percent of people over the age of 60 who don’t have any back pain still demonstrate significant disk degeneration. The New England Journal Study also showed that 80% of people over 60 not having back pain showed significant disc degeneration, damage and herniation. A growing cadre of doctors and scientists now believes that chronic back pain is a disease of the nervous system, not the spine. This breakthrough has opened the doors to new kinds of treatments that could banish back pain forever.” (NEJ, 94)
Nerve Response Testing can identify and locate nerve damage that can occur, sometimes without the patient even knowing about it. Proactive treatments such as with Low Level or ‘Cold’ laser are great way to be a part of helping to reduce the overall cost of health care by improving your nerve and spinal health, ensuring that painful sciatic damage or crippling forms of spinal stenosis never occurs.