Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 122 lbs
  • 5' 4"
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Number of Surgeries None
  • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? A little bit
  • Have you been off work or unemployed due to low-back pain? Not at all
  • Have you felt depressed or hopeless in the last 7 days? Never
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion), Osteoporosis

Treatment Ratings

    Almost Cured
    Gokhale Method
    Postural Modifications, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Yoga, Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Brace, Acupuncture, Massage, Physical Therapy, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs
    Not Improved
    Acetaminophen, Supplements, Ice

Until I tried the Gokhale Method, I went through an ongoing cycle of trying things that helped a little but never significantly. I even had the procedure Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty (IDET), which made the pain worse for about 6 months but may have helped some.

Because of multi-level disc problems, I was faced with surgery that even the surgeons encouraged me to wait for as long as possible (ideally years). At the strong recommendations of several friends, I worked with Esther Gokhale and learned new ways to sit, move, stand. While I nearly always have some pain, I am happy to report that the level of pain has been dramatically reduced for about ten years so far. I no longer use any medications. I highly recommend the Gokhale Method.

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