Wrong! What feels like a medical emergency to you, is often what the medical profession calls “simple back pain”. Your general practitioner may prescribe strong painkillers, but will offer you no permanent quick fixes for back pain. If your condition gets unbearable you may be offered back surgery, with questionable outcome. Surgery and pain killers may sound like quick fixes for back pain, but neither address the root causes of your back pain problem. So, your back problem really is YOUR problem – ouch!
Why does your GP’s response appear to be so indifferent and uncaring? To understand this, consider the “Public Health Agenda”. Every country is tasked with getting as much measurable health care out of the tax you and I pay. So, health authorities spend money where statistics indicate it quickly helps most people.
Yet, back pain sufferers are not “most people” in the sense that each case is unique. Manifestations of back pain are different. Underlying causes are different. Contributing issues are different. So, there is no “one size fits all” treatment. Also, there are no quick fixes for back pain. This means that, as a back pain sufferer, you simply don’t fit the “Public Health Agenda”.
In the article, Is your doctor NOT helping you recover from back pain? Here’s how to get correctly diagnosed and treated (Part 1), Matt Taylor, Co-Founder of Response Physiotherapy, Nottingham, UK, shares his views on what you can realistically expect from the public health system.
Many layers of inter-related causes and contributing issues make back pain complex. These causes and issues often vary from person to person. So, in many ways, each case is a “special case”. For that reason no single expert has all the answers to solve your back pain problem. Your GP included! Back pain does not respect the knowledge boundaries of health care professionals or physical therapists. And its complex nature makes it non-responsive to standard “quick fixes for back pain”.
The standard for acceptable levels of back pain set by the “Public Health Agenda” is simply inadequate. It is often some version of, “if you are alive you are fine, just take more painkillers”. See the article, How to avoid becoming a painkiller addict, while still controlling your back pain.
So, if you want to do better than just being alive, you need to take matters into your own hands. You must decide who to consult, what to try next, and how high you set the bar in terms of recovery. This heavy responsibility may initially seem like bad news. The good news is that you get to be in the driver’s seat. With the right support, this means that you are more likely to find solutions that are uniquely right for you. In Matt’s experience, “People want to be involved in their own diagnosis and health care”.
Jason Motley (UK) decided to take matters into his own hands, following frustrating interactions with the public health system. “I didn’t receive much support from my GP. All I got was painkiller prescriptions, and unfortunately not enough useful information.” Read, How Jason became pain free in 3 weeks, after 18 years of back pain.
Steve Brunskill (Australia) also decided to take ownership of his back pain recovery. “Despite a good relationship with my GP, no help was forthcoming from the public health system. In my experience GPs don’t have the specialist knowledge required to deal with back issues”. Read his story, Getting out of back pain hell. How I took responsibility and developed an empowering mind-set.
The idea of living life full out again, may seem like a pipe dream when you feel trapped during your darkest hour of back pain. But, if you accept that the journey begins with incremental steps, BackMentor.Me can help you. Have a look at this simple 4-step method to see how it all works.
No quick fixes for back pain – Key Points
- Back pain sufferers don’t fit the Public Health Agenda.
- Your solutions are unique to you.
- No expert has all the answers – including your GP.
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