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Throughout many of my blog posts and publications, I stress the importance of a pain sufferer finding the cause (source) of their chronic pain. Without finding the cause, you won’t know what it is you have to treat.
Today I was talking with one of my patients, Karen, who is a very intelligent, educated woman. I was shocked when she told me that she had accepted her past doctor’s diagnosis of what is causing her constant knee pain.
Karen’s doctor had told her that the cause of her knee pain is that her knee joints are arthritic. When she asked him why she developed arthritis, her physician replied that some of us get arthritis because we are genetically predisposed to developing it. He continued, stating that it’s common for people to get arthritis and that it’s a part of aging. So, in Karen’s mind, she now believed that the arthritis in her knees was caused by genetics and aging.
This story from my patient made me realize that like all languages, medical terminology is a specific language that needs to be translated to those who have not studied it. So, I would like to translate what Karen was told by her past physician.
The doctor said –“You have arthritis”.
Translation – A group of specific symptoms is given a name so that doctors can speak on that subject (without having to recite the entire group of symptoms). Arthritis is a name given to a group of specific symptoms. These symptoms include pain, swelling and limitation of motion in the joints. The name (arthritis) is not the cause of the symptoms, it is merely a name.
The doctor said – “Some people are genetically predisposed to getting arthritis”.
Translation – Physicians have observed that it seems to run in families, but they don’t know why this is so.
The doctor said – “Arthritis is part of aging and we all get it”.
Translation – The doctor is saying that he can’t explain why Karen has arthritis, but he needs to say something to her that will satisfy her (and this explanation seems to work with most of his patients).
So, as you can see, the cause of Karen’s constant joint pain was never determined by her past physician.
You too, may have received similar answers as those given to Karen. If you have, but were not satisfied by your doctor’s response, you may have pressed for a more in-depth and scientific explanation. If so, your doctor may have said something like this: Mrs Jones, the cause of your constant pain is arthritis. You see, cartilage, which lines all joints, has a critical stress which it can tolerate and above this stress level, the joints will begin to break down. When a weight-bearing joint is exposed to stresses above this critical value, the unit load on the chondrocytes (cells in the cartilage) becomes too high and the chondrocytes begin to die. Death of the chondrocytes leads to degradation (thinning) of the articular cartilage. Eventually, if this process continues, the underlying bony surfaces become exposed, resulting in bone-on-bone contact. We call this process ‘arthritis’, which results in denuding (destruction) of the bony surfaces, limitation of movement, inflammation and pain.
The above eloquent description of your pain problem probably seems like it is the answer to what’s causing your constant pain. But though explained on a very technical, medical level, this lengthy discourse only clarifies what is transpiring in your body. It doesn’t explain what started this process in the first place. In other words, this complex medical explanation still does not answer your question as to what is the cause of your constant pain.
You may ask why your physician doesn’t truly tell you the cause of your chronic muscle and joint pain. The answer is, quite simply- they don’t know the cause. And many physicians are uncomfortable telling their patients that they don’t know.
Remember: You can not permanently eliminate chronic muscle and joint pain without first finding its true cause!
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr Brian A Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain and The Foots Connection to Chronic Pain