Perhaps one of the most widespread and abundant ailments in the world today can be seen in the issues that arise with chronic back pain. Although traditionally being treated with the prescription pain killer medications that target this issue, many doctors are coming out and claiming against this method, with some even claiming that the back pain is all in one's head, and that it does not inherently exist in reality, and therefore has other more holistic solutions.
- Dr. Sarno's method for treating back pain had a mental focus, believing the pain was psychosomatic.
- His theories are largely based on hunches and anecdotes rather than clinical studies, but some are now being validated by science.
- Some people could benefit from psychotherapy, but others may still need other treatments for their back pain.
"Though he may not be a household name, Sarno is probably America’s most famous back pain doctor. Before his death on June 22, a day shy of his 94th birthday, he published four books and built a cult-like following of thousands of patients — including Howard Stern, and Larry David."