Back pain is nearly always attributed to a disk or spine compression—however, did you know, that for 40% of lower back pain sufferers—the prescription for antibiotics could be the answer? There was a suspicion by some in the medical community that an infection could be the cause of lower back pain that can be quite severe in 40% of the patients seen for the condition. Here we will help you discover the facts about what this is and if you could be one of those people.
How factual is the discovery?
This is a theory that has yet to be scientifically proven but it has been published. According to medical science, if it is proven, it is a Nobel Prize winner to the scientist who proves it. There was a paper that was written primed to be published and was at first rejected by top medical journals like BMJ and Lancet. It was based on a 162 patient double blind study. It was published recently in the European Spine Journal.
Researchers are working diligently to find the definitive answer to this study and provide an alternative to surgery for 40% of patients. For these people as of yet—there is no other choice.
It isn’t just exchanging pain meds for antibiotics though:
It is a little more than just that exchange. An MRI would be needed to detect what is called “Modic” changes in the spine which are the markers that tell doctors there is a bacterial infection present. If one were to undergo such a treatment—it would be a fairly long course. You see, what most people don’t know, it is the discs carry very little to know blood supply so it would have to circulate the long way round to success.
Hanne Albert is the Danish physiotherapist who discovered this and has set up a website from which you will be able to see the progression of the study of MAST Modic Antibiotic Spinal Treatment http://www.mastmedical.com/. She compares her discovery to when the H-Pylori bacteria which is known to cause ulcers was discovered and now everyone with H-Pylori can be treated and cured with antibiotics.
How the study was conducted:
It was a randomized study and double blinded that involved 162 patients. It was noted that after MRI’s were taken of the spines of the group—those who were given antibiotics were recorded as not having near the amount of pain as those who didn’t and took less time off of work due to lower back pain.
The bottom line:
The bottom line is that though there are some doctors willing to try this without hesitation—there are others who are still more concerned about the misuse or overuse of antibiotics, just as they would be unnecessary surgery. It is a hit or miss according to some—but for those who have done it with positive results—it is a risk worth taking to stop the suffering.