Getting Rid of Low Back Pain
In the book The Coming Jobs War by Jim Clifton, the author states that more money is spent every year on treating low back pain than is spent on the United States military. THE ENTIRE MILITARY!!! This is unbelievable, and it begs the question- “Why can’t it be stopped?”
The good news is that low back pain can be stopped. In fact, I recently ran into a 48-year-old patient who had low back pain for 15 years and now hasn't had ANY pain for the last 18 months. What’s the secret? Let me explain…
As you may know, I have the honor of teaching across the country with a group of amazing physical therapists, athletic trainers and chiropractic physicians. When we talk, we are always amazed at what gets missed in a lot of low back pain cases. Typically, we see that no one ever investigated the person’s hip flexibility. Hip flexibility is a big deal, because if your hips can’t move, something has to make up the difference—and often it’s the discs in the low back that bulge, tear and cause pain due to the excessive motion the discs must now complete. Since we work with a lot of golfers, we see that more than 90% of golfers with tight hips (especially on internal rotation) ALWAYS end up with back pain. Why? Because they must produce a bunch of rotation and when their hips don’t rotate, their spine is forced to do so. This is a dangerous proposition.
In the end, the hips must be addressed in most low back pain cases. A few degrees of motion here gives the back so much needed relief. That patient I told you about mentioned that he does his hip flexibility EVERY morning, and it has paid off immensely. He now golfs 1-2 times per week and runs over 15 miles per week—all with no back pain.
If you have a friend or family member that has low back pain (and who doesn’t?!?), please let them know about us. We will treat their pain, and we will be sure to address their hip flexibility. I love seeing our patients out and about, living life without pain.
Committed to your health,
Dr. Josh Satterlee, DC