Marvell Scott Offers Insight into Back Pain Treatment Options

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Many emerging studies reveal that alternative medical treatments are proving to help minimize pain in patients affected by back pain. Orthopedic expert, Dr. Marvell Scott discusses the use of such procedures in his practice.

For many years doctors have remained in the dark regarding proper treatment of chronic back complications. Patients who use commonplace western medicine are typically relieved of the high-intensity pain for only a short amount of time before it returns. A new article from The Chicago Tribune assesses six alternative approaches to traditional medical care for back pain. The story indicates several research studies have shown that yoga, acupuncture, spinal manipulation, massage therapy, herbal supplements and prolotherapy all demonstrate some indication of improvement in a patient’s back pain levels. Dr. Marvell Scott runs the Performance Health Program in New York City, which specializes in three of the six treatments to help patients with their chronic back pain.

Scott notes that one of the most effective treatments listed in the article is that of massage therapy. Dr. Andrea Furlan, an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health tells The Chicago Tribune that massage, “relaxes the muscles, and it causes the body to release pain-relieving substances (like our endogenous endorphins) and also relaxes the mind.” The article also states that massage is effective for both chronic and short-term back pain caused by exercise. Dr. Marvell Scott and his associates implement a variety of massages depending on the conditions of the patient.

He comments, “Our massage therapists, depending on the patient and issue will use a soft or deep tissue approach to really help break up the old adhesions and promote proper blood flow.” While the article says that deep tissue Swedish massage is proven to be more effective at eliminating pain, Dr. Marvell Scott says it is important to note the benefits of soft tissue massage; it is proven to help reduce common back pain symptoms, such as swelling and inflammation.

Dr. Marvell Scott’s practice often uses spinal manipulation and acupuncture as well. The physician states, “We've seen great success from short-term use of acupuncture which can really relax the muscle and give it a trigger point effect.” As noted in the article, a combination of these treatments ensures a greater recovery for patients experiencing chronic pain. Dr. Marvell Scott agrees, “Almost all of our patients receive chiropractic treatment as well for lower back pain. The combination of spinal manipulations and massage therapy really work well in collaboration with each other.”


Dr. Marvell Scott, board-certified sports medicine physician, is the founder of the Performance Health Program in New York City. As part of his efforts to improve health and fitness, Dr. Scott develops personalized care plans that utilize a variety of treatments, such as massage. Dr. Scott is currently an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Medical Association, and American College of Sports Medicine. Through his strong involvement with the medical community, he is a strong supporter of new orthopedic research studies.

Visit to learn more about his practice and available treatments.

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