Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed natural, no-pill painkillers to treat chronic neck, back and shoulder pain on the April 16 episode of the Dr. Oz Show. **This episode first aired Dec. 5, 2013.
Dr. Oz said more than 80% of people experience lower-back pain, making it one of the most common health complaints. "You can hurt your back in so many different ways, which is why it's such a ubiquitous problem," he said.
OMT Therapy for Back Pain
For back pain, Dr. Oz suggested OMT (osteopathic manipulative treatment), which involves moving your joints and muscles by stretching and applying gentle pressure and resistance. OMT can replace drugs or surgery in some instances. You can get OMT therapy from an osteopath, and it's usually covered by insurance.
Knee Pain: Ultra-Sound Therapy
For treating knee pain, Dr. Oz suggested ultra-sound therapy, which is a non-invasive approach to pain management. Ultra-sound therapy uses high-frequency sound waves to heat up your knee, relieving pain. This treatment typically costs about $50 to $100 and has been shown to be very effective for most people. This is usually covered by insurance
Shoulder Pain: Pain-Relief Patches
For treating shoulder pain (also called bursitis), Dr. Oz recommends pain patches, which look like bandages and deliver medicine directly to the source of your shoulder pain. These pain-relieving patches are available over the counter or by prescription.
Anti-Inflammation Diet For Weight Loss and Disease Prevention
In a separate segment, Dr. Oz discussed which foods you should eat as part of an anti-inflammation diet. Inflammation (which is mostly caused by diet) fuels heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, skin irritations and body aches.
Refined carbs, processed foods, trans fats and omega-6 fatty acids are major sources of inflammation. Dr. Oz joins a growing list of medical experts who say reducing inflammation is the key to preventing most degenerative diseases, including heart disease, Alzheimer's and cancer.
What causes illnesses is inflammation, which is caused by a high-sugar diet, said obesity expert Dr. Mark Hyman, author of the 10-Day Detox Diet. By reducing inflammation, we promote natural weight loss and protect ourselves from heart attacks, dementia and diabetes, said Dr. Hyman, who is Bill and Hillary Clinton's dietitian.
Dr. Oz recommended the following menu of antioxidant-rich foods to lower inflammation:
- Breakfast: Berries and nuts with Greek yogurt and coffee.
- Lunch: A salad featuring dark, leafy greens, vegetarian chili with beans, and green tea.
- Dinner: Salmon (the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon are antioxidant-rich, and therefore anti-inflammatory), green beans, and red potato with feta cheese.