Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting almost 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. Neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick Roth believes many people are taking the wrong approach to back pain. Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com recently sat down with Roth, author of “The End of Back Pain.”
According to Roth, sometimes back pain actually has very little to do with the back.
“If you were to do an MRI on people with back pain, you would find lots of abnormalities. None of them would definitively explain the pain,” he said. “Some of them could be the cause of the pain, but everyone has abnormalities in MRIs so the reality is, if you have back pain and it is carefully investigated, the majority of the time you don’t know what it is coming from.”
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