Lower back pain: advances, yes but problem solved, no
As I sit gazing at the snowflakes fluttering down onto the contours of the Swiss Alps, my mild lower backache, as a consequence of a week’s hard skiing, reminds me of the severe lower back pain from which I suffered through my latter years of medical school and as a young doctor in the late 1970s. It was a very depressing but enlightening experience, which allowed me to discover the diversity of opinion in managing lower back pain. This sparked my interest in the specialty that has remained my passion ever since.
Over the years, I have consulted innumerable practitioners including osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists, my own medical and surgical colleagues, and even faith healers – who could, at least, do no physical harm! Forty years later and opinions remain conflicted, despite the huge developments in technology that are highlighted in my article (click here).
Does lower back pain contribute significantly to your work load? Do you find helping your patients difficult?