In Health Watch: A new device is helping many people solve the mystery of where their chronic back pain is coming from.
Janet Choi reportsTartia Tafuto had chronic back pain for more than a decade...she tried everything ....
Tafuto says, 'some acupuncture, yoga.'Even surgery didn't help.Eighty percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their life.And it's one of the most common reasons people miss work.
Tartia finally got the right diagnosis using this -- it's called a muscle pain detection device .When a person moves, several different muscles in the back are used at the same time, making accurate diagnosis difficult.The detection device uses electric impulses to isolate each single muscle...
Dr. Norman Marcus says, 'If we can move one muscle at a time, which we can with that device, and that muscle is painful, but not the adjacent muscles, then we can say that muscle is the source of pain.
Once the location of the pain is identified, the right treatment can be given - like an injection of anesthetic or physical therapy.And a recent NYU study found that the new device was more accurate than the old method - pressing with fingers on muscles to find the pain.
Dr. Marcus says, 'When we treated the muscles that were identified with the device, we got lasting profound pain relief.
Joe Valenzano says the device helped him avoid spinal surgery.Joe says, 'I haven't been able to do this kind of movement in years ... without any pain.
After 12 years of tests and medications, he's relieved that the mystery of his pain has been solved.