Do Not Try This at Home: The Latest (Absurd) Self-Treatment for Back Pain


If you have ever experienced severe back pain, you know how debilitating and all-consuming it can be. You may have felt at times that you would try anything, just to make the pain go away.

This is the true and somewhat disturbing story of one man who did just that.

However, before judging this poor bloke too harshly, it should be noted that back pain is often non-specific in nature, meaning it cannot be linked to any one identifiable cause or incident. Moreover, many popular treatments for back pain, including surgery, often fall short of resolving the problem. So it is not surprising that back pain sufferers sometimes turn to “Dr. Google” to find alternative treatment solutions.

One Patient’s Unique Treatment of Back Pain

A 33 year old Irish man with a prior history of back pain experienced a sudden and progressively worsening onset of pain in his lower back for three days after lifting a heavy steel object. During a physical exam, the health care provider noticed an infected lesion on the man’s upper right arm. Upon further inquiry, it was discovered that the man had injected himself with his own semen, both intravenously and intramuscularly, to treat his back pain.

Many would think semen injections to be an unlikely approach to treating back pain. However, this man apparently felt his sperm possessed healthful benefits, and it was revealed that he had been injecting himself once a month for a period of 18 months. On this particular occasion, he had injected three “doses” of semen, both intravenously and intramuscularly, and an infection from the injection site had spread down his arm.

After extensive testing, the patient was treated with an intravenous anti-microbial solution. Coincidentally, his back pain improved over the course of his inpatient hospital stay, and he discharged himself without further treatment of his infected arm.

Physical Therapy: A Better Solution for Back Pain

Whether you suffer from back pain or other types of joint or muscular pain, it may seem reasonable to assume that the locus of pain is the area to be treated. However, your body’s musculoskeletal and nervous systems share a complex and interconnected relationship, and pain in one area of the body may stem from imbalances or deficiencies elsewhere.

Unlike traditional medicine that seeks to manage pain symptoms without eliminating the underlying cause, the back pain specialists at NYDNRehab are dedicated to identifying, treating and resolving the underlying source of back pain.


Our treatment methods may include:


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Being unable to escape your chronic back pain through conventional means may drive you to try self-treatment methods that may or may not work. At NYDNRehab, we work with our patients to find an individualized treatment plan that excludes drugs and surgery. Our goal is to help you achieve optimal pain-free function, so you can enjoy the very best quality of life.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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