Re-blogged from NPR,by John Henning Schumann July 20, 2014 5:05 AM ET
Most patients do not like to hear this when it comes to treating a person with Back Pain,
Per Dr. Mike Evans,
Back pain is common. I see someone with back pain almost every day. Nearly all of us have at least one episode in our lives, and two-thirds of us will have it repeatedly. Prescription….Keep exercising, but try to take it just a little bit easy until she felt better. At a minimum, I said, she should be walking 30 minutes a day. Also, try some ibuprofen, which helps with inflammation and doesn’t require a prescription. “In Evans’ video about lower back pain, he cites a study in which 98 healthy volunteers got MRI scans. Two-thirds of the MRIs revealed some funky looking discs, even though the people felt fine.” Evans also points out that the most common mistake with low back pain is to stop being active. The other common problem is worrying that the pain will never get better. Evans, who is 50, teaches us that back pain is something we’re all vulnerable to and for which it makes sense to have a coping strategy ready. All of which is to say that the longer I practice medicine, the more convinced I’m becoming that less is often more.