Putting Your Wallet in the Wrong Pocket can lead to Low Back Pain

Do you carry your wallet in the “sucker pocket?”  According to Judy Artunian of the Chicago Tribune, pickpockets call a man’s back pocket that because it’s the easiest pocket to pick, and the one most likely to contain his wallet.  Fashion magazines also decry men putting their wallets in their back pockets because it doesn’t look good.  And now, even a respected member of the Denver area medical scene. Dr Eipe Kuruvila, MD, also advises men not to keep their wallets in their back pockets. Why?  Because sitting on your wallet is a common cause for chronic low back pain.

According to Dr. Kuruvila, sitting on your wallet sets off a kind of chain reaction of events with your spine that usually ends up badly. One common result is sciatic nerve pain. Often called Sciatica, this pain along the longest nerve in your body can keep you from working, and even off your feet for weeks.

If you already have low back pain, caused by sitting on your wallet, degenerative disc disease, sciatic nerve pain or sciatica, a herniated disc, or any other reason at all, it’s time to visit Dr. Kuruvila at the Denver Spine Institute, to learn about surgery-free, drug-free, and pain-free ways to eliminate your low back pain.

If you’re sitting on your wallet right now, move it to your front pocket or set it on your desk.  You may upset a few pickpockets, but you’ll keep the fashion police happy, and maybe avoid having to visit the doctor.

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Tiger Woods pulls out of Tournament due to Chronic Back Pain

A bad back can keep you from doing the things you love, and even from being able to work. Chronic back pain can humble anyone, even the number one golfer in the world.

Today (March 25) Tiger Woods, age 38, pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Golf Tournament because of persistent back problems.  Speculation now is whether or not Woods will be able to participate in the Master Tournament in just a few weeks.

The fact is, a few weeks of rest may not help Tiger, or you either, not if you have a herniated disc, or degenerative disc disease.  These aren’t problems that go away by themselves.  Tiger may consider surgery, but he also has to consider this might keep him from playing golf for the rest of the year.  And, he might also consider that with surgery, the pain will often come back within a few years.

Fact is, you may be luckier than Tiger Woods.  You live in the Mile High Region, home of Dr.Eipe Kuruvila, MD FRCA, and the Denver Spine Institute in Lakewood, CO.  Dr. Kuruvila is one of a handful of doctors in the United States who is trained to use the DRS Protocol™.  The DRS Protocol™ is surgery free, pain free, and drug free.  Best of all, depending on your back problem, it really works to alleviate your pain.  The only way to learn if DRS™ will help you is to contact Dr. Kuruvila for consultation about your back problem.  With DRS™, you may be out golfing again before Tiger Woods.

UPDATE: Woods announced today, April 1, that he is not playing in the Masters, and that he is having back surgery.  Let’s see how long it takes before he can resume tournament level play, and how well his back holds up over the upcoming years.  Most back surgery does not permanently solve the problem of chronic back pain.  Nonetheless, we wish Mr. Woods the best of luck.

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Is Your Back Ready to Enjoy Spring & Summer Weather Ahead?

The Old Farmer’s Almanac calls for a drier, slightly warmer spring for the Mile High Region this year.

Did this winter’s snow shoveling or a slip or two on the ice cause back pain that will keep you out of the garden or hiking in the mountains this spring?  Winter probably isn’t the cause of your back or neck pain.  It just may have aggravated a problem you already have, such as degenerative disc disease, or a herniated disc, or sciatic nerve problems.  Sometimes, rest will help alleviate the pain, but who want’s to wait until fall to get outside and active again.  You don’t want to miss having fun with your children or grandchildren, while you sit immobile waiting for your life to begin again.

So what are your options?  Often, your doctor will recommend surgery.  Having surgery now, will certainly keep you from enjoying the spring and summer ahead, as it takes time and rehabilitation to recover from surgery.  But surgery has another problem:  It often doesn’t work, or will work for a few years, and then the pain returns.  Surgery, it seems often fixes one problem of your spine, but then shifts the stress to other parts, and in a few years, the problem returns, and you’re back in surgery.

Drugs may help alleviate the pain, but as you know, drugs carry their own long list of side effects.  The cure may be worse than the disease in some cases.  Besides, do you really want to start taking a strong drug now that you’ll probably have to keep taking the rest of your life?    Drugs still could be an answer if there weren’t a surgery free, drug free alternative.

But there is.  It’s called the DRS Protocol™.  It was developed by a Doctor in the Midwest who wanted to find a way to alleviate the pain and suffering of his patients.  Dr. Eipe Kuruvila, MD FRCA of the Denver Spine Institute has also dedicated his life to helping is patients live better.  Dr Kuruvila has studied the DRS Protocol™ and brought it back to his clinic in Lakewood,CO.  He is one of only a handful of doctors who has studied this pain free, drug free, and surgery free method of eliminating back pain.   Best of all, many patients begin to feel much better after only a few weeks, which means if you start now, you can be ready to enjoy the spring and summer just ahead of us.

Learn more about Dr. Kuruvila here, and more about the DRS Protocol, here, and don’t let a tough winter keep you from enjoying spring time in the Rockies this year.

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Sleeping with Lower Back Pain

For many people with lower back pain, getting a good night’s sleep is beyond comprehension.   But getting a good night’s sleep is a great way to let your body take time to heal, and let the natural process of sleep help reduce your pain.

So, it’s important to find a good way to sleep with your back pain, and also important to sleep the proper way to help prevent you from having back pain.

Let’s start with the mattress.  If your mattress is eight years or older, it needs to be replaced because eight years is the life span of the average mattresses.  Your mattress tag will show you its age.  Many mattress stores today will offer you a one month or longer trial period for a new mattress.  You may have to pay a little more to get this benefit, but it’s worth the money.  Only by sleeping on a mattress for a month or more can you really tell if it is giving you the proper support and comfort, or actually adding to your misery.

Your box spring or bed frame also affects the comfort of your mattress.  Sometimes it is helpful to simply put a solid piece of plywood under your mattress rather than using just the slats or inner spring for support.  It’s not expensive, so give it a try for a few weeks.

Now, let’s look at what position you sleep in at night.  There are pretty much just three ways people sleep:  On their sides, on their backs, or on their stomachs.

Whichever way you sleep, you need to get some good body pillows. These are available everywhere, and offer your body the extra support it needs during sleep.  How you use these pillows depends on how you sleep.

If you sleep on your side, the most common position, you need to place a large pillow between your knees and thighs. If you don’t, your upper leg gets no support.  It will then simply slide forward and rest on the mattress.  This rotates the lower spine, and even slight roation of the spine can contribute to back or hip pain.

If you sleep on your back, you need to place the pillow under your knees.  This helps you maintain the normal curve of your lower back.  You can also put a small pillow under your back for extra support.

Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended, because this can be hard on your back. But if there’s no other way, then ease the strain put on your back by using a pillow under your pelvis and lower stomach.  It’s best not to use a pillow for your head, but you can if it does not strain your back.

If your lower back pain persists, plan a visit to see Dr. Eipe Kuruvila, MD at the Denver Spine Institute, in Lakewood, CO.  Dr. Kuruvila, MD is one of a handful of doctors in the country who knows how to effectively use the DRS Protocol™, a surgery free, drug free, and pain free to eliminate your lower back pain, and give you back a good night’s sleep.

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DRS Takes You out of “Jeopardy” from Sciatic Nerve Pain

Let’s say you’re playing along with the TV show “Jeopardy,” and the clue is “Sciatic Nerve.” A correct response would be, “The longest nerve in the human body.”  Some of you suffering from Sciatica may have a different answer:  “What is the cause of the pain in my lower back and posterior?”

The pain you feel could be coming from the Sciatic nerve, but the nerve itself is probably not the cause of the pain.  Something compressing on the nerve is the most likely the culprit.  Likely suspects include herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis.  Happily, all of these problems can be alleviated.

You might be thinking, sure, these problems can be fixed with surgery.  Sometimes surgery can help, but usually, the pain just comes back in a few years.  Drugs can help by masking the pain, but come with their own set of side effects and problems.  And when they wear off, you’re still in pain.

Now, what if the next Jeopardy clue is “DRS Protocol™?”   Then the correct response is:  “What is the best treatment for Sciatic nerve pain?” Dr. Eipe Kuruvila, MD, of the Denver Spine Institute in Lakewood, CO, is one of a handful of experts in the United States trained and experienced to use this surgery free, pain free, and drug free method of treating the reasons behind your Sciatica.

Take yourself out of Jeopardy, and call Dr. Kuruvila today.  Join the thousands of people who are living happy, normal, pain free lives thanks the DRS Protocol™.


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5 Ways to reduce Back Pain this Holiday Season

If you suffer with acute or chronic back pain due to degenerative discs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis or other spinal conditions, The Holiday season can be  even more challenging.

The hustle and bustle of the Holiday season can put added stress on an already painful condition.


Follow these tips to reduce added stress on your back this season.


  1. Wear comfortable shoes
    Uncomfortable shoes can intensify back pain. If you’re going to be on your feet make sure that your shoes offer proper support and avoid high heeled shoes. Rubber-soled shoes are the best choice and act as shock absorbers.
  2. Don’t shop til you drop
    Instead of spending hours at the mall shopping, break it into a few shorter trips. And, don’t try to carry too much at a time. Instead, make multiple trips to the car to drop off bags or bring someone along to help you carry them. Listen to your bodies warning signs and make sure you’re not over doing it.
  3. Take time to relax
    Plan frequent breaks during your day to get off your feet and give your back a rest.
  4. Practice good posture
    As your mother always said, “stand up straight!” Whether standing or sitting, make sure to pay attention to your posture.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
    Don’t try to take on too much by yourself. Ask friends and family to help decorate the tree, carry heavy boxes, cook, and even help out with grocery and gift shopping.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday!

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Here’s a Trick for Back Pain, and a Treat for You

Thursday is Halloween, and soon, the streets will be filled with witches and goblins of all sorts.  But, if you are suffering from chronic low back pain caused by herniated or degenerative discs, sciatica, failed back surgery, or even neck pain, the prospect of being in pain for the rest of your life can be  real scary.

In the movies, when ghosts became a problem, people called the Ghostbusters.  But who do you call to eliminate your back pain?  You don’t want to start taking powerful narcotic pain killing drugs.  That just exchanges one problem for another.  You don’t want to undergo back surgery, go through rehabilitation, and lose all that time at work either.

So, who are you going to call to find a drug free, surgery free answer to your suffering?

Call Dr. Eipe Kuruvila, MD, at the Denver Spine Institute.  Dr. Kuruvila uses the famous DRS Protocol™ to eliminate your back or neck pain.  There’s nothing scary about DRS™.  It’s pain free, drug free, and surgery free.  Thousands of people just like you are back to living normal lives once again thanks to DRS™.

Our website talks more about how our DRS Protocol™ works, but it’s important to understand it may not work for everyone.  This is why you need to make an appointment with Dr.Kuruvila.  Then, you can find out if DRS™ will work for you.

Halloween is just the first event of a busy holiday season with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s following quickly.  You can’t enjoy the holidays if you’re in pain, but if you start DRS now, you will be feeling a lot more like your old self in just a few weeks.

Don’t let back pain trick you any more.  Treat yourself by calling Dr. Eipe Kuruvila, MD,  today.

Eipe Kuruvila

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Don’t Overload Your Children on their way Back to School This Year

Remember when children went back to school with a ruler and an apple for the teacher? Today’s iconic symbol of back to school time is the overloaded book bag or back pack. You may have even seen cartoons where a small child is lugging a large heavy back pack going back to school.  The problem is real, however, and no joke.


A Midwestern TV station recently interviewed an expert on the subject, Dr. Richard E. Busch III. Dr. Busch is known nationally for developing the DRS Protocols™, a treatment that ends chronic lower back pain caused by degenerative disc disease or even failed back surgery.  (The DRS Protocols™ are practiced in Denver area by Dr. Eipe Kuruvila of the Denver Spine Institute, in Lakewood, CO.

Dr. Busch  suggests that you look at the straps of your child’s backpack first.  “The smaller the strap, the more pressure it’s going to put on the child’s shoulder.”

When packing your book bag, Dr. Busch suggests you limit the total weight to no more than 10-15% of the child’s body weight.  Also, kids today like to wear their book bags with just one strap.  This should be avoided because it causes inflammation to their nerves, and the shoulders, from the lower part of their neck.

Although damage from heavy back packs is usually short term, Dr. Busch warns, “When we start dealing with back problems, we start to see problem that are really small become bigger problems later on if they are not handled correctly.”

You can view the TV report by clicking here.

Eipe Kuruvila

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Are MRI’s a Useful Tool in the Fight Against Chronic Low Back Pain

Many times, a doctor, usually a family physician,  treating a patient with chronic low back pain will order an MRI.  With the typical MRI cost running between $500 and $2,500 in the US, it would seem prudent to find out just how much help this procedure really is.  Recently, experts published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine that showed only 44 percent of scans of the lumbar spine (lower back) were actually useful.  The other 56% were labeled either inappropriate or of “uncertain value.”

So, if you have lower back pain, having an MRI may or may not be useful.  In fact, Imaging for low back pain made the top five list of overused tests and treatments for both the  American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians in the “Choosing Wisely” campaign.

What is useful in the fight against chronic low back pain in the DRS Protocol™.  When you visit the Denver Spine Institute to finally deal with that constant pain in your lower back, the first thing Dr. Kuruvila will do is assess whether or not you are a candidate for the DRS Protocol™.  If you have any X-rays or MRI’s of your lower back, bring them to your first appointment, as they just might prove useful in your case. In the end, if you are a candidate for the non-surgical, drug free, pain free DRS Protocol™, you won’t need an MRI to tell you that the pain in your lower back is finally going away for good.    

Eipe Kuruvila

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The One Cause of Back Pain The DRS Protocol Cannot Help

People ask us if the DRS Protocol™ can help every kind of back pain.  Turns out there may be one cause of low back pain we can’t help.Instead of DRS™, what this patient really needed was an Obstetrician.  A woman in Minnesota named Trisch Staine had been training hard for an upcoming half-marathon.  A few days ago, following a training run, Staine began to suffer from severe back pain.  The pain was so bad, she finally took an ambulance ride to the emergency room where  she promptly delivered a 6 pound 6 ounce baby girl.


Staine told the Associated Press she didn’t know she was pregnant. She had even lost weight  recently due to her training regimen.  And one other small detail, her husband had had a vasectomy.

TheStaines’ new daughter was born about five weeks early and was named “Mira,” short for “miracle.”

Many of our patients believe the non-surgical, drug free  DRS Protocol™ is also a miracle. We know it works great if you have a herniated or ruptured disc spinal stenosis, or failed back surgery.  We don’t think it can help you much if your back pain is caused, as in Trisch Staine’s case, by an unknown pregnancy

Eipe Kuruvila

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