New Breakthrough Discoveries for Back and Neck Pain Relief Without Drugs or Surgery

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Traditional medical care has used pain medication and surgery for the treatment of spinal pain. Recent research findings have shown the benefits and validity of natural alternatives. Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP discusses some of these findings.

Who would have ever imagined this? One of the nation’s leading medical schools for neurosurgery is now telling their chronic spinal pain patients to use omega-3 fatty acids instead of medication, and see a Chiropractor.

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP notes that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been the front line in the medical treatment of back and neck pain. If NSAIDS could not control the pain, then spinal surgery often followed. Recent medical literature has been reporting many potentially catastrophic adverse effects from using NSAIDs including gastric ulcers, bleeding, stroke, myocardial infarction, and even death. Spinal surgery has its own complications including infection, excessive scar tissue formation, chronic numbness, failure to relieve symptoms, and occasionally even death. Many patients have begun looking for alternatives with less side-effects.

Chiropractic uses conservative care to fill the gap between the use of NSAIDs and resorting to surgery. However, the medical community has tended to look at the Chiropractic profession with skepticism. The success of Chiropractic care for spinal pain is built on realigning the spine while increasing movement through normal joint function. This reduces tensions on the muscles and ligaments while reducing the nerve irritation that leads to pain. Chiropractors have recently come to the forefront in using natural nutrition to assist with controlling pain without the side-effects. Many use turmeric and ginger to reduce inflammation, passiflora to reduce muscle spasms, and white willow bark to reduce pain. Chiropractic has also come into its own during the last few years by adopting the use of cold lasers to speed the healing process, and spinal decompression/traction in the treatment of herniated discs.

The most recent breakthrough in natural treatment has been utilizing the research of Dr. Joseph Maroon, MD. Dr. Maroon is a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, specializing in degenerative spine disease. He is also the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. He reports remarkable success treating chronic pain patients along with injured football players, using high doses of omega-3 fatty acids such as found in cold water fish like salmon.

Dr. Maroon reported his research results at the 73rd meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Two-hundred-fifty non-surgical candidates with chronic neck or back pain, who were using daily doses of NSAIDs for pain control, were given high doses of omega-3 fatty acids. After 75 days, 59% had stopped taking prescription drugs for their pain. Eighty-eight per cent were pleased enough with their outcomes that they continued to use the omega-3 fatty acids. No significant adverse effects were reported by those in the study. These results parallel many other controlled research studies observing that omega-3 fatty acids are equivalent to ibuprofen in reducing arthritic pain.

As a leading medical school training neurosurgeons, the University of Pittsburgh continues to research the most effective treatments for chronic spinal pain. After an extensive review of the evidence-based literature, professional society guidelines, and the input of health care professionals with expertise in treating chronic spinal pain, the university researchers published their results earlier this year. With the information garnered from this research, the university health plan now requires their enrollees with chronic low back pain to have tried and failed a 3 month course of conservative management including physical therapy and Chiropractic therapy before being considered for surgery.

A copy of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center health plan findings can be accessed at or from the attachment.

To quote Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Chiropractor Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP, “Who would have ever imagined this? One of the nation’s leading medical schools for neurosurgery is now telling their chronic spinal pain patients to use omega-3 fatty acids instead of medication, and see a Chiropractor before having spinal surgery. Their research results have found that Chiropractic treatment for spinal pain is resulting in reduced time lost from work, reduced healthcare costs, while increasing successful results and patient satisfaction. The University of Pittsburgh Medical School is taking the lead in what doctors should have always been focused on: what is best for the patient while using conservative care.”

The Chiropractic profession continues to improve its success in treating neck and back pain as it adopts the findings of Dr. Maroon in utilizing omega-3 fatty acids for pain control, and the University of Pittsburgh’s research findings, and integrates them into patient care. Instead of being looked at with skepticism, Chiropractors are being accepted by medical doctors as they work together for the best interests of their patients.

Additional information about Chiropractic and other forms of natural health care can be found at .

About: Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP

Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP attended the University of Wisconsin—Superior where he majored in Physics and Mathematics, with a minor in art photography. While attending the University of Minnesota—Minneapolis, he assisted in research on ribosomal proteins. Completing his Chiropractic studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, he graduated Cum Laude (with high honors) in 1983. He started Moellendorf Chiropractic Office, Ltd. in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1983. In 1996, Dr. Moellendorf was awarded his Doctorate in Naturopathy from Trinity School of Natural Health. In 2001, he received Chiropractic’s most prestigious award, the honorary Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers degree, for his thesis “The Workings of Innate Intelligence in Obsessive/Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors.” This paper was chosen for publishing in the book Philosophic Contemplations vol. 2 in 2002. Dr. Moellendorf can be contacted by phone (920) 493-2126, fax (920) 743-1145, email, his website at, or send a carrier pigeon to 44.84722N and 87.36416W.

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