By Joe Appelbaum, President/CEO & Founder, Potomac Companies, Inc.
I was born with separated vertebrae in my lower back. This issue has caused me massive pain throughout my life, from my youth through my adulthood. Doctors told me I would need spinal fusion and possible spinal stenosis surgery. I’ve had shots, PT, chiropractic, acupuncture, and have taken pain killers.
I now have no pain. Occasionally, I overexert myself, but 99% of the time, I have zero pain. How? I identified the issue and addressed it. Did I get surgery? No. Why? Because there was another way. My core muscles were weak, my legs and hips were tight, and my glutes never fired correctly. With proper, regular strengthening exercises, and guidance from a trainer, I am now very flexible and my core and glutes are stronger, which means no more pain. I don’t have to visit the chiropractor, get shots, or take painkillers.
Is this for everyone? Probably not. Could this solve many of the back issues in America? Probably yes. Is this rocket science? No. Is this common sense? Yes!
Regarding the opioid crisis, painkillers are often prescribed for this: muscle pain due to structural weaknesses. For people with structure weaknesses, doctors should prescribe physical therapy exercises for them to strengthen, stretch, and foam-roll the affected muscles. The result is reduced or eliminated pain. Aha! No pills, surgeries, or needles needed. Just consistent effort to make your body more efficient and strong through a commonsense approach. Our bodies are machines. Take care of them, and they will serve you well.