My battle with back pain started 7 years ago after an unfortunate injury during weight lifting training. Ever since pain management has been an inseparable part of my daily activities. For the first few months to a year, I was in some sort of denial and hoping for things to get better on their own. The problem is life is happening and taking a step back wasn’t an option at that time. On top of that, I switched careers from a job with a mild physical workload to the intense lifestyle of a contractor in the construction field.
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For years my pain management wasn’t a priority and I was relying on over-the-counter pain relief options, which provided temporary relief and helped with getting through the day. The pain was never completely gone, it varied in intensity and the specific location but it was always there. At times having a rest day made the pain become more severe so I convinced myself that I can’t stop working even for a day. Movement and regular activities did help more than a day spent on the couch. So you can imagine the conflict my brain was experiencing. “Sit down and rest because you are in pain!”, “No, don’t sit down for too long because it will make things worse!”. So I tried finding the balance for a couple of years.
The next step was chiropractic care. I spent over a year in weekly treatments and the interesting part was that sometimes it did provide relief by a few times made the pain worse. You can imagine how discouraging that felt. Those experiences made me lose hope in the idea of life without pain but I was trusting the process. They tell you the improvement can only be accomplished with consistent long-term care. Well, I am very impatient and I rely on instant gratifications so this type of treatment didn’t work for me. I can definitely say there was significant pain relief from the overall experience but the pain never went away completely.
It’s important to mention that at the time I haven’t seen an orthopedic specialist yet and I didn’t have an official diagnosis of my condition. The chiropractic care was based on X-rays and other assessment tests that helped with targeting the problematic area best but as I learned later an MRI is what would reveal the true problem.
So about a year ago, enough was enough and the paint had become absolutely unbearable so I made an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. Some physical therapy proved useless in my case but after a month of that and some nauseating pain medications I didn’t care for, an MRI reviewed a herniated disc in my lower back area. A month later I got my first cortisone injection and it felt like a miracle had just happened. The relief was borderline immediate. You can imagine my excitement (instant gratification, remember?).
As soon as my abilities for physical activity had restored I made it my goal to regain my body and core strength. It was one of the directions the doctors had given me. They explained how the shot will give temporary relief and the long-term recovery will be determined by my ability to improve my core and back muscle strength which will relieve my spine from handling heavy loads.
All made perfects sense and off I go to the gym 5-7 days a week at 5 am. I had the commitment and determination to never experience back pain again so I worked as hard as I could toward that goal.
Fast forward a year later I am in the best shape of my life but the pain started to find its way back in. The next thing I know, not even during a workout or a physical activity but while sitting in my chair, I feel this excruciating pain come out of nowhere. And my mind goes “Here we are back at where we started!”. It was a devastating and excruciating emotional defeat. The physical pain was bad but not as bad as the mental crash I experienced at that moment.
So the initial reaction was let’s get another shot, pretty easy, right. By now I know it works like a charm and I will be back to normal in no time. Well, if you ever had to deal with this doctor you know it’s not how it works. Long story short, from the first appointment to somewhere close to have the procedure scheduled has been five months now and it will probably take at least another two months until I we cross the finish line.
So I am still in pain one appointment after another. Today we are at a level severe of pain, last time it was five, who knows what it will be a month from now but I can guarantee you it won’t be anywhere close to zero.
While dealing with all that and finishing a bottle after a bottle of over-the-counter pain relief meds I am skeptically considering other pain management alternatives. At this point what else is left that I haven’t tried? I didn’t think there weren’t any viable alternatives but I heard the word “laser” and I thought “Well, we live in a very technologically advanced time and why not? Nothing to lose here!”.
After a quick online search, I found the best Orthopedic Laser services in Newburgh, NY just off the Beacon-Newburgh bridge called OrthoLazer Orthopedic Laser Center. I was surprised that a service like that is available right here in the Hudson Valley. They offer the most innovative alternative to pain management that could treat acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. I scheduled a consultation right away and when I found out that this is a non-invasive and non-opioid treatment option it wasn’t hard to get excited about it. The next thing I knew I had my first 6 sessions scheduled. The skepticism was still there and I was still convinced that the cortisone shots are my best bet in removing the pain from my life. But here we are at the end of the treatment with complete relief and pain-free days full of physical activities and joy. My treatment concluded after 2 weeks and 6 sessions, each a day apart. The severe pain was gone after the second treatment and by the fifth visit, I felt like a new person. The best thing is that the laser could be used on other joints as well and they were able to quickly "fix" the wrist injury that I got at the gym just very recently.
If you have ever suffered from back pain or other orthopedic issues this is the place where your life will be completely changed and not after months of doctor's visits and appointments but in just a few weeks. I don't want to sound like one of those guys from annoying infomercials, but I believe that everyone has to have the information about all possible options that can help you to manage pain. It's unfortunate that medical services in the US are for the most part controlled by the commercial interests of the big pharma and they would do everything in their power (which is huge) to keep people away from alternatives that don't make money for them. Go get your pain-free life back and explore other options!