[Back Pain] Do You Trust Your Doctor & Their Advice?

Hey guys, what’s up? It’s Stephen Dunn with CORE Therapy and Pilates. Hope you’re having a great day. It’s raining and cold here in Austin today.

I want to tell a quick story of something that actually just happened in my last hour with my client.

It was a patient of mine that came in and she basically is having back pain and having neck pain. She fell on some stairs and hurt her back about a month ago, about a month and a half ago. And she went and saw a doctor. She was referred to a neurosurgeon. She got an MRI. Went through the whole shebang. And what the neurosurgeon told her to do was to try some McKenzie exercises for her bulging disc.

Well, she went and did some McKenzie exercises and it made her worst. So she then went back to her doctor and says, “I tried those McKenzie press-ups and I did as you told me and I did it as the physical therapist told me,” because he referred her to a PT that was McKenzie trained, “and it made it worse. And what should I do now?”

And he looked at her and he goes, “Well, you know, maybe you should try yoga.”

And she goes, “Okay. Where? How? When?”

And he goes, “Oh, I just do yoga from watching YouTube videos.”

That was his advice.

So a neurosurgeon is advising someone to go to PT and do McKenzie. McKenzie didn’t work and so his advice from there was to try yoga from watching it on a YouTube channel. That blows my mind, to think that that is what is being offered out there. And if McKenzie didn’t work with a therapist watching them, good chance that yoga’s gonna probably not be effective either. But who knows? Especially from watching those high quality videos you can find on YouTube.

(This is not a dig at yoga or McKenzie, its a dig on the surgeon)

But that’s my story today. I thought it was very, very interesting and I thought it was also sad that that was the recommendation. If he had a place in mind, a yoga studio that worked with back pain patients, if he had a few trainers that he sent clients to that had done really well and those were the kind of information that we was referring, that’s a different story. But that’s not what happened.

So I just wanted to share that. It’s, again, one of those things where there’s a lot of trust put in doctors and when you don’t get better with what they first recommend, a lot of times there’s not much left to offer at that point. And that’s the moral of the story today.

So I hope you’re all well. Stay dry out there and we’ll see you next time.

That’s my message for the day.

Take care.

Now, after 3 sessions with this lady she has made significant progress. Treatment so far has been simple, find the ‘locked short & tight’ muscles and release them with hands on techniques (manual therapy, myofascial release, cranio-sacral therapy). Then we strengthen the ‘locked long & weak’ muscles that are the antagonist to the ‘locked short & tight’ muscles…Now she has awareness of her pelvis, low back and lower rib position and is confident in her ability to improve… We still have some work to do, but she is on the right path to a full recovery from back pain…

If you would like to start your journey to getting back to the things you love, the things that back pain has taken away from you… then call 512-215-4227 NOW! We help people in Austin stay active, fit and moving away from pain pills and surgery… towards a healthy lifestyle…