According to Dr. Sarno, chronic lower and upper back pain originates from a psychogenic cause. Since this revelation by Dr. Sarno, a lot has been written on the subject, but the topic remains controversial. Nevertheless, Dr. Sarno has achieved national recognition because his treatment strategies have been more successful in providing chronic back pain relief to patients compared to other conventional therapies. Some notable physicians who support TMS include Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Andrew Weil. Some well-known celebrities who have been treated by Dr. Sarno include Anne Bancroft, Howard Sternand, and Senator Tom Harkin.
Another world-renowned neurological surgeon and researcher and a pioneer in the treatment of pain and use of hypothermia is Dr. Hubert L. Rosomoff. His contribution to the field of pain management is legendary. He developed the technique for hypothermic neurosurgery, and he was one of the first medical scholars to recognize the fact that a surgical approach is not always the best option for low back pain. He founded the Miami Pain Center and treated patients without surgical intervention.