Talk About Side-Stepping Root Causes of Health Problems!

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I recently read an article (quoted below) which is arguing for fewer expensive medical tests for resolving back pain issues. I can get on-board with that.

However. Firstly, I ain’t no kind of expert, but just a simple English-language parse of the following quote turns up some weird implications, I’d say.

Most lower back pain is caused by strain on bones, muscles and ligaments. It can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers and usually abates within a few days, said an author of the practice guidelines, Dr. Amir Qaseem, director of clinical policy in medical education at the American College of Physicians..

via Doctors’ Group Urges Fewer Scans for Lower Back Pain – NYTimes.com.

Yep – my non-expert gut feeling as a guy who is reasonably tuned-in to fitness and health would agree that back pain is often caused by muscle or ligament problems.

But. And this is a big but. Those muscles and ligaments ain’t gettin’ any stronger, more flexible, or increasingly limber by a dutiful regimen of over-the-counter painkillers. Sure, everybody’s body needs rest and healing sometimes, but have we forgotten about the benefits of the right forms of exercise? I know solving a health problem such as muscle or back pain can be very difficult, and can require all sorts of self-knowledge and guidance. But for the type of back pain that does not require a scan, and which will be resolved by painkillers, I think it’s kind of a no-brainer that the problem could have been headed off before it became a problem just by doing the right form of exercise for your particular body.

But that’s just what I think. 🙂