Back Pain

Here in the dental office we deal with pain on a daily basis. Of course, there are many kinds of pain, and as I’ve mentioned in a previous blog dental decay, and the pain associated with it, is the number one health problem worldwide according to the World Health Organization (

Back pain also affects many people. Dr. Urban and his mother both suffer from it. I read a book years ago that I credit with my lack of back pain The Mind Body Prescription by Dr. John Sarno.  I heard a story today on NPR that reminded me of that great book and how we as humans can make ourselves feel pain, or feel pain free.

The NPR story I heard, by Patti Neighmond and Richard Knox, explained how new technologies are allowing doctors to see more spinal anatomy than ever before. They see things that they think are a problem that really might not be, so back surgery is performed, and it is often not successful.

“Research is showing that the pain often has nothing to do with the mechanics of the spine, but with the way the nervous system is behaving, according to Dr. James Rainville of New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.”

Dr. Rainville has come up with a physical therapy regime that can help people with chronic back pain to overcome it. It’s not a quick fix; it takes months of physical, “boot camp” training, but it sounds better than surgery to me. And while it is not a perfect solution for everyone, one of Dr. Rainville’s patients still has some pain, but she says, “after graduating from boot camp she can pretty much do anything she wants to — ski, go on mountain hikes, walk her dogs.”

So if you have back pain, check out this NPR story about Dr. Rainville, and read Dr. Sarno’s book before you decide to go under the knife. If you have dental pain, give us a call. We can help you with that.

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