Dr. Dan Sheehan ( explains the results of a survey recently published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
The survey included 675 patients over the age of 55 presenting with back pain symptoms. Over a period of 5 years, follow up questionnaires were utilized to confirm treatment methods and to record improvements or a worsening of symptoms. At the end of the 5 year period, the results showed that while 43% of those who responded showed improvements, a whopping 57% of patients reported that their symptoms remained unchanged despite conventional treatments (primarily NSAIDs, Tylenol, and surgery).
With back pain being one of the most common pain conditions and causes of disability in the United States, it is absolutely crucial that physicians are familiar with a wide breadth of options to offer their patients. Chronic pain is a symptom of inflammation, therefore without targeting the root cause of the inflammation and treating it, pain symptoms will not improve.
At the Kaplan Center, our physicians approach every case with a functional medicine perspective to identify what is causing your symptoms and finding the treatment best suited for your unique medical condition.
Non-surgical therapies that are highly successful in treating back pain include PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma therapy), Stem Cell Injections, Hormone Replacement, Medications, Physical Therapy, and Nutritional Counseling.
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