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Does Your "Disc" Pain Need Surgery?

Upper Back Pain: Your "Disc" Pain

may actually not need surgery

Many people with chronic upper back pain eventually undergo unnecessary surgeries and un-indicated disability. This is because many patients’ chronic upper back pain is misdiagnosed as having a skeletal cause, when instead the patient is suffering from unrecognized myofascial trigger point syndrome (MPS). Although MPS is a leading cause of chronic pain and disability in this country, most providers who deal with pain are not taught about MPS. In part, this is because muscles generally receive little attention in modern medical schools as a source of pain.

A patient with MPS will present with non-specific, poorly localized, aching, regional pain in tissue that includes muscles and joints.

Myofascial pain is also associated with spot tenderness, pain that is referred in a characteristic pattern for that tender point (also called a “trigger point”), a local twitch response and a painful limitation of range of motion of the associated joint.

Muscular imbalances and postural deficiencies often cause these painful nodules; the nodules in turn, cause further pain and dysfunction. Overload can do this, as can poor posture. Trigger points may also be brought about by stress and emotional illnesses or constitutional problems. Trigger points may be identified by the electrical signals they produce, but ultrasound may also be used to see these.

Trigger points are characterized as either latent or active. Latent trigger points cause muscular dysfunction but do not actually hurt. Active trigger points hurt, and are painful for nearly everyone at some point in life.

In the chronic pain population, trigger points are present 85-95% of the time.


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Pain from active trigger points most often presents in those aged 31-50. At this point, most people are in the mature years of maximum activity. Later in life, latent trigger points and stiffness are more common.

Treating MPS is much more conservative, safe and effective than the treatment of the mistakenly diagnosed syndromes and conditions it mimics.

Treatment includes injections at the trigger points, massage, stretching, management of stress and tension and often a home self-treatment program. Patient education along with a home-treatment program is an excellent form of treatment also. Click here to read 5 quick trips to naturally reduce your back pain.

It‘s important to recognize a trigger point early on when a patient presents with upper back pain. If acute MPS is neglected or ignored, it may become chronic and then is complicated, more painful and time-consuming and expensive to treat reliably.

Need Relief From Your Back Pain?

reach for natural options first

Well Theory was founded by Dr. Meredith Warner, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. In her clinical practice, Dr. Warner has learned that, while heavy pharmaceuticals and surgeries are necessary in some cases, many of her patients can – and do – experience relief and recovery through natural treatments and holistic lifestyle changes first. 

Read More: Take Control Of Your Health With Well Theory

This methodology is what inspired her to create Well Theory – so she could begin to offer the natural methods for recovery she gives to her patients beyond her clinic doors. If you’re experiencing back pain, here are some options you can try for natural, effective relief:

Our CBD Spray Lotion is designed with soothing Lidocaine, a proprietary blend of essential oils, and pure CBD Isolate to gently relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

This spray is designed to immediately relieve pain on contact with numbing Lidocaine, while the CBD and botanical blend sinks into the skin to naturally relieve soreness and tension over the course of your day.


Our Pain Relief + Recovery Cream is designed with Menthol, PEA, Turmeric, and surgeon-curated botanicals.

PEA is a natural compound your body produces to alleviate pain and inflammation after stress or injury, and when applied topically, helps to soothe away inflammation over time.


CBD is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and has analgesic (pain-relieving) effects as well! CBD engages your body’s regulatory system to promote well-being and reduce harmful and long-lasting inflammation. When taken daily, CBD is a powerful, natural remedy for recurring inflammation and pain.



Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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