The Problem With Back Pain
Posted August 30th, 2018
Throughout my childhood, I was fortunate to have two of the most wonderful grandmothers in the world. Sadly, beginning in early middle-age, both suffered from back pain: deformities caused by scoliosis, degenerative discs and osteoporosis. Their last fifteen years were hampered by a poor quality of life until they were finally unable to care for themselves at all.
I vividly recall how proud my grandmother was when I received my medical degree. She told me, “I hope you can straighten out my bent body now.” Her statement hurt…research had little to nothing to offer at that time.
Focus now on a success story. Ms. S.W., a 47-year-old married, mother of two, herniated 4 out of 5 lumbar discs following a traumatic injury. Her pain was so intense that she could not sit in a chair without experiencing excruciating spasms of her low back. A physical exam and radiological studies revealed scoliosis, multiple herniated disks, and severe osteoporosis. Despite taking anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and remaining somewhat active, her pain persisted. Acupuncture and chiropractic helped for a short while, but her pain continued to progressively worsen over 3 months. Narcotic pain meds were offered, but considering the high risk of addiction, she decided against that option. Surgical approach was considered next, but after weighing the risks of surgery and speaking to her friends who had undergone back surgery, she decided against that as well.
The problem with back pain:
- It is the single leading cause of disability in America.
- It is the second most common reason to visit a doctor.
- The opioid epidemic has led many health groups to consider other options.
- If not managed properly early in the disease process, many cases progress to a debilitating condition.
Faced with these discouraging facts, S.W. sought the help of David Luedeka, DPT, MS, CSCS. She had been referred by several friends with similar problems, who were pleased with their results. Then, following his recommended program of physical therapy and prescribed physical conditioning, she recovered and progressed in strength and conditioning to 90th percentile of women her age.
The good news is that was twenty years ago. To this day, S.W. continues the prescribed exercises. Her back pain, discs, scoliosis, and osteoporosis have greatly improved. (Remember what I said about back pain generally worsening with age.)
And, these results are not an isolated incident. Luedeka’s approach to musculoskeletal dysfunction has now helped hundreds of patients. His ongoing science evidence-based research on closed kinetic chain exercise and rotator cuff dysfunction at the University of Southern California is yielding break-through results.
Closed Kinetic Chain (CKC) technology, such as The Luedeka CKC Fitness System, is designed to correct inherent anthropologic defects in our bodies, which are exacerbated by a variety of challenges: aging, wear and tear, injuries, stress, poor metabolism, etc.
While Physical Conditioning has always been one of our foundational 4 Cornerstones of Health, we are excited and proud to now offer it in-office, in the form of this breakthrough and efficacious fitness model! Designed by Luedeka and carried out in our office by Matt Jones, ACSM/CPT, the CKC Fitness Program is a state-of-the art strengthening and conditioning program that can help the average person to the injured to the athlete.
To learn more about the groundbreaking program, we encourage you to come to our upcoming seminar on September 27th from 6-7. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, you can call us at 941-926-4905, email us at [email protected], or visit our website at TheRenewalPoint.com.
The Renewal Point 4 Cornerstones of Health
- Hormone Balance 3. Physical Conditioning
- Nutrition 4. Toxin Elimination