From the high tech all the way back to basics: solutions to nagging back pain

From the high tech all the way back to basics: solutions to nagging back pain

Why do you suppose there are literally millions of therapists for back pain-masseuses, physical therapists, orthopedists, chiropractors, Rolfers, your spouse, etc.-all doing essentially the same thing? It’s because almost everybody has back pain at one time or the other-or all the time. If it’s not the most common complaint of the human race, it’s certainly close.

The evolutionists-you know, the up-from-the-primordial-slime crowd-claim that man developed back pain because he started walking upright, and he wasn’t supposed to do that. His spine wasn’t designed for uprightness. It was some sort of “evolutionary mistake,” unusual in that Evolution (let’s humor them and give it a capital “E”) doesn’t make mistakes-everything is “evolving” upward, and some species are given “advantages,” such as wings to fly or a snout for sucking up ants.

When I was taught this pseudo-scientific piffle, my first question was: “How do you know that animals walking on all fours don’t have back pain-they don’t complain much about their ailments.” I was so far “outside of the box,” as the latest expression goes, that I never got a response. They didn’t even hear me. That’s because, I finally concluded, Evolution is a religion and not a science (so I guess it deserves that capital E, after all).

It is faith-based, NOT science-based.

The evolution of back pain treatment

At any rate, now there’s another high-tech, 21st century treatment for back pain, the mistake of the big E. It’s called nucleoplasty, and it seems to be safe and effective in a high percentage of patients. The procedure consists of applying controlled levels of heat to the herniated disc (that’s causing the pain) via a radio frequency wand applied through a needle in the spine.

This treatment is still new and it invloves someone sticking a needle in you. So, I advise you not to rush into it. If you can, try a spheno-palatine ganglion block instead.

It’s straightforward, non-surgical, and inexpensive. Not to mention easy to learn, if more medical professionals had an open mind. The procedure involves placing a Q-tip soaked in a 10 percent cocaine solution up the nose so that it rests against the SP ganglion, located behind the back surface of the inner nasal cavity. The ganglion is like a railroad yard in a big city, where all the tracks come together. All pain, from headaches to back pain, must enter this portal.

The cocaine migrates through the membranes and the bone to anesthetize the ganglion. It’s just about that simple.

I know what you’re probably thinking–that I must be crazy to recommend cocaine. But the therapy doesn’t require frequent application, so addiction is not an issue here. Usually, a series of daily treatments for a week will stop the pain for many weeks and sometimes months and even years. We don’t know exactly why this occurs. It’s postulated that the treatment breaks the pain cycle. But whatever the reason, it is one of the most effective treatments for pain I have ever seen. I used it with astounding results for 10 years while practicing in Georgia.

Unfortunately, the required medical solution, liquid cocaine, is rarely administered in the U.S. because physicians fear potential backlash from the federal and state governments. So, Panama is probably the closest place where you’ll find a qualified, compassionate doctor who will administer this therapy. It’s also available in just about every country in Europe, and if you’re in severe pain, the trip could be well worth it.

Some specialists in this country are now using Xylocaine mixed with Valium in an attempt to duplicate the cocaine treatment. Some say it is “about as effective.” I have my doubts. Ask your physician if he’s heard of this treatment. If not, show him this newsletter and ask him to do some research on it.

If the spheno-palatine ganglion block doesn’t work-and it usually does-stick with your spouse’s rub-downs. RH


“Stanford Spine Expert Offers Relief From Common Back Pain,” Business Wire (, 12/18/01