Leading Low Back Pain Treatments – Painkillers, anti-depressants, and sedation

Scott R. Greenberg, MDScott R. Greenberg, MD

In the medical journal Pain Practice, researchers noted that in their study of over 100,000 patients with chronic low back pain or osteoarthritis, these were the leading low back pain treatments:

Opioids (to produce sedation and pain relief) were the most frequently prescribed pain medications (more than 70%).

Next nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs  (NSAIDs) more than 50%.
Next antidepressants given to more than 30%
Over 30% received antidepressants,
More than 20% received benzodiazepines a drug used for treating anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia  and depression,
and 15% in each group received sedative hypnotics.1

A case history from a patient:

“I had been experiencing pain in my lower back across my buttock and down my left leg. The pain was so bad at times I would lose my balance. I fell as though I have a high tolerance for pain and I am not a big believer in medicines especially painkillers. I asked my Doctor to send me for an MRI. I hoped the answer would be there and it wasn’t. I was told it was not bad enough to operate on and I was glad because that was my last choice and was told it would go away as fast as it came on. The pain that is. I had been going through this for eight months and that was a little much for any pain, especially this type which was my back, my buttocks, my leg and my mental being.

It was at this point I was recommended to see Dr. Greenberg, whom made me feel very comfortable at our first meeting. I felt confident with his confidence in what he was going to do to solve my problem. For the rest of the month the pain subsided and after three great treatments all pain was gone and some preventive measure was put in place. I feel great and thank you again Dr. Greenberg. I am now pain free.” RVH

Prolotherapy is a treatment where a cure for pain is sought, not a means to suppress symptoms. If you have tried the medical treatments including opioids, nonselective nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, sedative hypnotics, or chiropractor, physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulations (TENS), osteoarthritis acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and/or massage therapy, with less than hoped for results.


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