Pain: Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    WOW, wait until you read this article!! It's by a Physical Therapist that is probably writing about what he learned in a book rather than by experiencing it himself!

    I, personally, do NOT agree with him .... what about you?

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    Pain: Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom


    Taking narcotic pain killers, epidural nerve blocks or cortisone shots, do nothing to resolve the cause of pain. It is a feudal attempt to mask pain.

    Taking narcotic pain killers, epidural nerve blocks or cortisone shots, do nothing to resolve the cause of pain. It is a feudal attempt to mask pain. I have proven that the cause of pain in most cases is muscle weakness like a strain or muscle imbalance. Even when pain is experienced in a joint, it is the result of improper forces causing a misalignment of the joint surfaces. This creates abnormal rubbing causing pain and irritation. If the cause of pain is muscular, the only way to resolve it is with purposeful, isolated strength training.

    Studies have shown that the findings of MRIs and x-rays such as herniated discs, stenosis, arthritis, and meniscal tears can be found in as many people with no pain as those with pain. This has led to the conclusion that there is little correlation between MRI and x-ray findings and the cause of pain. This sentiment was echoed in an article in the New York Times in which physicians themselves described the fact that the evidence indicates that MRIs and x-rays are limited in identifying the true cause of pain.

    Other studies actually tested surgeries designed to resolve arthritis in the knee or vertebral fractures in the spine to resolve knee and back pain. In separate studies for back pain and knee pain, groups of individuals with pain were broken into two groups. One group got the surgery designed to resolve the vertebral fracture or the arthritis in the knee while the other group received a mock surgery. In both studies, the decrease in pain whether the individual received the real surgery or the fake surgery was exactly the same. This clearly indicated that the correction of these structural abnormalities, namely fractured vertebrae and arthritis in the knee, have no correlation to pain experienced in the same location.

    The obvious conclusion is that something else is causing the pain. I have proven that the cause of pain in most cases is muscle weakness and/or imbalance and the only way to resolve this cause is through isolated, purposeful strength training. Until this is accepted by the medical establishment, the number of people suffering from chronic pain will rise. More people will be forced to live with pain limiting them from living happy, productive lives.



    By Mitchell Yass, PT
    Quality Health

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  2. AuntTammie

    AuntTammie New Member

    if he changed what he wrote from "most cases" to some cases, I would be more inclined to agree

    there is evidence for what he wrote in some cases, but certainly not in things like fibro, and I doubt for myofacial pain syndrome either

    and, as to the study with "fake" surgery......yikes - in order to make the people who did not get the real surgery to think they did, I would suspect that they would have to actually make some sort of incision and create some pain (otherwise it would be obvious that they did not have surgery) to have people go thru that w/o actually getting surgery seems rather rotten