“People in pain are poor decision-makers,” says the investigative journalist Cathryn Jakobson Ramin, author of a new book, Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery.

Approximately 80% of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lifetime with millions in chronic pain.  Many people are lost as to what to do and are taking unnecessary addictive opoids leading to tolerance to the drug causing the pain to escalate.  In some cases the increased pain is actually caused by the opoids.

Also consider this: In a poll at a 2009 conference in Bonita Springs, Florida, 99 out of 100 surgeons who were asked whether they’d elect to have lumbar fusion surgery if it were recommended to them said “absolutely not.”

The truth is, as Ramin’s extensive research indicates, all that most people need to do is keep moving. At Mana Physical Therapy we are committed to listening to your story, getting you moving, and helping you meet or exceed your goals for Physical Therapy.

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