We’re very excited to announce recent validation of the Gokhale Method and Postural Modification by the world’s first crowdsourcing platform for medical interventions, www.healthoutcome.org.
Health Outcome homepage showing the highest and lowest rated solutions for Lower Back Pain
On this groundbreaking website, members of the public share what interventions they have tried for a particular condition, and rate how well those have worked. Lower back pain is one of the conditions the site has highlighted and...drumroll…Postural Modifications wins by a landslide margin! The Gokhale Method was recently added to the list of interventions to be rated and we’re very proud to have a 4.9 out of 5 rating. This is a huge deal for the Gokhale Method, for back pain research, and for the public.
The Gokhale Method needs more reviews, but it is quickly becoming the top-rated solution on the Heatlhoutcome.org website
Some of the results are no surprise, and reflect what clinical trials have been telling us - surgery doesn’t work (rated 1.8); cortisone injections don’t work (rated 2.1). But some results are surprising - physical therapy (rated 1.8) is worsted only by spinal fusion surgery (rated 1.7). Ouch! Yoga (3.2) comes in second after Postural Modifications (3.9) after a wide margin, followed by a cluster of interventions in the 2.4-2.9 range including massage, swimming, and stretching.
A spinal fusion x-ray
Knee Replacement Surgery rates highly on www.healthoutcome.org for knee osteoarthritis; so does Supportive Shoes for plantar fasciitis.
Data on medical outcomes has been limited and not trustworthy
Health Outcome is the offshoot of the healing odyssey of its founder. After suffering a leg injury in the 90’s, Ben-Shachar searched the medical literature for hints on whether to undergo the surgery he was being recommended. Frustrated by a lack of compelling data, he succumbed to assurances of a confident surgeon who predicted he would be back to running marathons within weeks. What happened instead was so debilitating, it took him five years before he was able to drive a car again. He vowed that one day he would create a website to help people get the kind of information he wished he had had at the outset of his saga. After selling his internet startup company and doing well in other endeavors, he was able to found Health Outcome. It’s a tremendous service to us all, and I hope the site flourishes and expands to cover an increasing number of conditions. People need to hear from each other, not just in anecdotes, but in numbers.
I hope the readers of this article will share their experiences and learn from others too!