This comes up so often, mostly with people who have been here less than 16 months.
I do understand your feelings. You see someone writing about specifics about a spinal condition, you grab onto that and then the next thing you see is a post from me telling people to watch how they post. So you are mad and upset. My intention is not to get anyone agitated about something we write or a forum policy.
The Forum rules stated that you can't provide medical advice[/u] everyone agreed to that when they signed up. But does that mean we have to take everything black and white? No, hopefully we have demonstrated that we can be flexible when appropriate.
But you also have to realize the social and morale implications of someone posting medical advice or details. [u]Its not so much of a question of their information is correct, but it is how the other member reads that.
A member can say Cervical discs are formed such and such a way, and that it will take xx months for it to heal. The way the spine is formed, the cervical area is cured more than the lumbar, because of this. And if you do this, you will be fine, no harm
I have to jump in on those type of posts. Now that one was pretty abrasive, but believe me we getting many like this. We have an obligation to protect everyone. In the past , we have had members take another member's words as pure fact and truth, ignored what their own doctor said , went ahead and did things that cause more serious problems. That is wrong, and that I can not allow to happen.
What surprises me the most, is this site has been in existence for over 12 years, with thousands and thousands of members. So many are able to communicate with other members without even stretching a forum rule, yet they get just as much detail , help and support to the other member.
So it is easy to do.
Look, the last thing I want to create is an environment where people are afraid to communicate. All I ask is that when you write something that has medical detail and potential medical advice, think about it in terms of the person receiving that information.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences