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By Lane Towery
May 13, 2014 at 12:13 a.m.

I am a 56-year-old male with a lot of pain in the back of my right knee. I also have a pain in the top of my right foot. My low back stays sore and stiff. It is hard to put my shoes and socks on in the morning. Getting up from a chair is difficult. My doctor said it is arthritis, and I am just getting old. He wants to put me on arthritis medicine and pain pills. I am not comfortable with this. Can chiropractic treatment or acupuncture help old age?

First of all, I am 53, so 56 is not "old age." It sounds like you are having some biomechanical problems with your back and pelvis. About three months ago, I had my first bout with low back pain, and it wasn't pretty. I had the exact same symptoms as you. Here is what I did.

Get yourself a low back brace and wear it as much as you can until things get better. Ice your back 30 minutes at a time several times a day. Taking Aleve or any other anti-inflammatory medicines may be helpful. Try to get some walking in and do some low back stretches. Chiropractic and acupuncture is what got me straightened out.

Layne Towery is a Victoria chiropractor and acupuncturist and can be reached at or 361-570-6284.



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