Back Pain Articles:


The Truth About Herniated Discs
To hear some people tell it, you’d think that almost all back and neck pain must surely be caused by herniated discs. And, to make matters worse, for years we’ve been led to believe that surgery was the only sure way to correct this problem. But - like many things we’ve been told over the years - the truth turns out to be quite a different story altogether. Read more...

Abnormalities are Normal
Has the doctor found something wrong with the shape of your spine? Do you have herniated discs, bone spurs or crooked vertebrae? Do your x-rays look like they belong to some Saturday morning cartoon character? Well, you can relax because none of that really matters. Read more...

Blueprint For a Bad Back
So, do bad backs (or necks) just happen? Did yours just show up one day uninvited and decide to move in? Or did you inadvertently hang out a welcome sign? Could there be a logical explanation for back and neck problems? Read more...

A Bad Back is Not a Medical Problem
Okay, I'll admit that maybe my definition of a medical problem is a little different than yours but humor me for a moment while I explain. Read more...

What Doctors Are For
If you have medical problems as a result of your bad back then you should work closely with your doctor to manage those medical issues. But don't mistake treating the symptoms with rebuilding your back. There is no injection… no pill… no surgical procedure… and certainly no adjustment… that can restore your back to a strong healthy state. Read more...

Don't I Need a Chiropractor?
Can rebuilding your back actually take the place of regular treatment by a trained chiropractor? Or, for that matter, will your back fall into total disrepair if you neglect your monthly chiropractic adjustment? Read more...

Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation
If you’ve ever received chiropractic treatment then you are no doubt familiar with that satisfying little pop your back makes at the hands of a skillful chiropractor... Well, it might interest you to know that the sound you hear when a chiropractor “adjusts” your back is not the sound of bones being re-aligned at all. Read more...

How I Really Feel About Chiropractors
Well, contrary to what you might think, I don't hate chiropractors. In fact, I don't really even think about them all that much. And for what it's worth, all of the chiropractors I saw during my back pain years were nice guys. I liked each one of them. And what's more, I'm not really even mad at them… well maybe a little… because I'm willing to accept that it's entirely possible that they were misled right along with the rest of us. Read more...

The Day Acupuncture Died
Acupuncture proponents are quick to point out that acupuncture could be well over 5000 years old… However, be that as it may, I believe it's safe to say that 5000 years is certainly enough time to prove whether or not acupuncture is effective at treating back pain and the various other ailments they claim it will cure. So how come it almost completely died out in China nearly 100 years ago? Read more...

Which Doctor For Back Pain?
If you've been paying attention you already know that I'm diametrically opposed to chiropractors and chiropractic spinal manipulation. This, of course, raises the obvious question of just which doctor should you see when you have back pain? Read more...

What To Do If Your Back Goes Out
The first thing you should do if your back goes out is call Ripley's Believe it or Not because you'll be the first person in history to ever have this actually occur. Read more...

Reversing Degenerative Disk Disease
Of all the conditions associated with lower back pain the most misunderstood is what doctors refer to as degenerative disk disease. You may be familiar with the name if you've been diagnosed with a herniated disk, a ruptured disk, sciatica or a pinched nerve. Read more...

Gettin' the Skinny on Pinched Nerves
Have you ever wondered if your back pain was the result of a pinched nerve? How would you know? How could you tell if it was? After all, back pain caused by pinched nerves won't show up on X-rays or other diagnostic scans. So how does a back pain specialist check for pinched nerves and are there ways you can assist him in diagnosing your situation? Read more...

How to Properly Treat Sciatica
The problem with most approaches to treating sciatica (and back pain in general) is that they're based on the assumption that you're not going to rebuild your back. In other words, they've written you off as a lost cause before you've even had a chance to get started. Read more...

You Don't Have a Slipped Disk
There are a number of misconceptions about back pain going around these days not the least of which is the notion that you can have something called a slipped disk. So let me set the record straight once and for all… Read more...

Can TENS Units Provide Back Pain Relief?
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in June 1990 casts considerable doubt upon the effectiveness of TENS. The study found that for patients with chronic low back pain, treatment with TENS is no more effective than treatment with a placebo. Read more...

About the Author

Dean Moyer is the author of the books, Rebuild Your Back, Rebuild Your Neck and The Pain Relief Manual. Copies of his books are available exclusively through this website. Read more...

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Last updated: July 17, 2006