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We help people aged 50+ keep active and free of pain meds even if their doctors and kids are telling them to "just take it easy."
In a previous blog, I talked about how western medicine tends to treat the symptoms of back pain and not the actual cause. How doctors tend to focus on pain medicines and X-ray/MRI results to guide their treatment of your symptoms without actually putting their hands on you and trying to FEEL what the real problem is.
When I first graduated from PT school, I used to actually "care" that I could read and interpret X-rays and MRIs. But then my boss/mentor taught me to never look at an MRI/X-ray before actually putting my hands on somebody because "you don't want to be looking for something that might not be there" aka you don't want to influence what your hands are feeling. Then after treatment if you can't make sense of your findings, compare with the X-ray/MRI.
Why would he tell me to NOT use this great knowledge I spent a ton of money (that I didn't have!) attaining in grad school?!?! Why wouldn't I use the "special test" (X-ray/MRI) results to guide my treatment?
Here's why-Over the past 5+ years there have been multiple high quality studies looking at MRI results of the lumbar spine in asymptomatic people aged 50+. Asymptomatic meaning they have NO symptoms. And the results...drum roll please...Over 60% of people aged 50+ have some type of degeneration, herniation, bulging, etc in there lumbar spine!!! Now remember, these studies were done on people who DIDN'T HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS!
That is why I really don't care what you X-ray/MRI says until AFTER I put my hands on you. IF I can't figure out what the true underlying problem is, THEN I will consult the "special tests".