Then why are clinicians prescribing invasive methods of treatment for any condition before more simple and often times old fashioned common sense methods?
Of course not.
Why then has so much about modern healthcare for what were once relatively simple to manage conditions become just like this?
One of the most recent examples has been highlighted by the deaths and serious infections due to contamination of steroids and drugs administered for back pain and spinal injections.
Now it’s not of course that these don’t have a place. They do.
What I have issue with is when invasive methods of treatment for any condition are prescribed before more simple and often times old fashioned common sense methods of management for spine pain including modified rest, exercise, traction, physical therapy, spinal manipulation, and noninvasive therapy modalities.
The same could also be said for many of the other conditions that we now treat with drugs instead of lifestyle and behaviors FIRST. This includes GERD, minor depression, sleep disturbance, fibromyalgia, and other forms of chronic pain.
Furthermore, third-party payers and insurance companies do not help the situation because often reimbursement is provided for invasive and expensive procedures and simple modalities are simply considered “not medically necessary”. There is no common sense in any of this!
I’m old enough to remember when this was never the case. Unfortunately, it’s also been very difficult to change. However there are some things you can do.
First of all, always inquire about inexpensive and noninvasive procedures when considering any healthcare choice. This is especially true in spine pain and peripheral neuropathy.
For example, too often patients with peripheral neuropathy are treated with expensive medications with significant side effects before exploring possible underlying causes that are easily correctable such as obesity and metabolic syndrome.
And very often patients tell us the side effects from the treatment with medications and invasive injections for pain are worse than the disorder itself!
But there are some things you can do, and one of them you’re doing right now.
And that is to learn everything you can to become your own health care advocate.
Now this is a situation that also has significant ties to politics and government, I’ll let you have those discussions on your own.
However if you like my input, I’m more than happy to contribute!
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