Should I Accept the Advice of My Neighbor or Even My Doctor?

If your neighbor across the back fence gives you advice about stretching to help ease the pain in your lower back after doing yard work, should you accept it? After all, he’s a teacher at the local high school, right? Maybe you should do yoga, your wife’s been telling you that for years. Or, maybe Pilates. You’ve heard that’s a good work out.

What about those heat strips they sell in the store, or maybe ibuprofen, or is it Tylenol that’s better? You can’t remember if it’s ibuprofen or Tylenol that doesn’t cut the swelling…oh, who knows?

Beware of Bad Advice

Advice is usually worth what you’ve paid for it…..nothing.

Many patients walk into my office unable to do their own yard work any more and are having to pay a neighbor kid to do it. It’s not that they don’t want to do it, they’d kind of like the exercise. But they¬†tell me of going to their general practice doctor who told them to take some pills, stretch, and do some GENERAL, basic exercises. The only problem, they seem to make the problem worse.

THE STORY OF MY LAUNDRY ROOM – a few weeks back, the fluorescent lighting in my laundry room stopped working. There are four 3 foot long fluorescent bulbs in the fixture. I thought it was weird that all four would go out at once, but, what the heck, things happen. So, I went to Home Depot and bought four new ones, put them in, hit the switch, and NOTHING. No change – no light. I looked at my wife and said, “I’m not an electrician, I’m a chiropractor.” I called someone with expertise in this area. Guess what, we now have light in the laundry room.

Same thing happens so often with bad backs. When it comes to advice, it’s worth what you pay for it, and accepting free advice from neighbors, friends, and especially mother-in-laws, can be a dangerous proposition. Be careful.

We work with people who want to ease the pain in their back and start doing their own yard work again. We work with people who want to maintain their mobility and independence; people who don’t want to have to depend on others. We help people stay active and off of painkillers, because they don’t need them any more.

We offer 2 ways to learn more about what we do.

1. Call the office and schedule a time to speak to Dr. Page first. Sometimes, it just helps to make sure we’re a good fit. I can usually tell you over the phone how confident I am that I can help you.

2. Call the office and schedule a Discovery Visit. This visit is at no charge – you’ll spend 20 minutes with me. By the end of the visit I’ll be able to tell you what’s wrong with you and what you need to do to fix it. And, how long it will take.

Call 801-733-8300.

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