You're Not Alone!!
Slipped or Ruptured Disc Very Common Condition!!
Back pain associated with a slipped or ruptured disc is one of the most common
disabling conditions of adulthood. It is estimated that over thirty-one million
Americans complain of low back pain at any given time. It is also one of the
most costly conditions, accounting for more than eight billion dollars in medical
A slipped or ruptured disc has long been considered the diagnosis of a bad
back. However, a recent study found that about a quarter of people with no history
of back trouble whatsoever have ruptured discs when examined with magnetic imaging
scans, or MRI's. This study was conducted by Dr. Maureen C. Jensen and colleagues,
from Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach, California, on 98 healthy volunteers.
The study casts doubt on the use of MRI's for back problems. The research
suggest that slipped or ruptured discs may not mean much for many people and
they certainly cannot be assumed to be the cause of a patient's backache. Dr.
Jensen's work, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is somewhat
similar to a study completed earlier by Dr. Scot Boden, an orthopedic surgeon
at Emory University. Dr. Boden states, "The MRI should never be used as
a screening test, which is unfortunately the way it is very commonly used today.
In fact, use of the MRI too early in somebody's disease process can result in
seeing findings that are like gray hair---everybody gets them---and can result
in over treatment."
Thousands of patients suffering from so-called slipped or ruptured discs have
avoided needless surgery thanks to gentle chiropractic spinal adjustments. If
your know of anyone suffering with back pain, please suggest they try chiropractic
According to another famous medical authority, Robert A. Mendelsohn, M.D.,
"Nobody in America should be allowed to have back surgery unless they have
seen a chiropractor first."