I received a letter from a former patient who was concerned about the diagnosis her friend (I’ll call her Julia) had received from a physician regarding the cause of her bone spurs and chronic back pain.
Julia has a job that keeps her in the car, driving on California freeways 5 or 6 hours a day, plus a one-hour commute between home and work. She’s having terrible back pain that’s bad enough to make her consider filing for disability.
Julia’s Workers Compensation doctor ran -xrays and an MRI, then reported that she has some arthritis in her back and a few small osteophytes or “bone spurs.” The doctor told Julia that her problems are not work related, but due to her age. Arthritis and bone spurs, she was told, are typical diseases of old age. Julia is only 54 years old.
My former patient related that she herself has had so many large bone spurs for years that an arthritis specialist once told her, upon looking at her x-rays, “To be honest, I don’t know how you were even able to walk in here today.” And yet, this woman (now in her 60s), after having received Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy, no longer has any chronic pain. How can this be?
Why Bone Spurs Are Probably NOT The Cause Of Your Chronic Back Pain
If the year was 1960, instead of 2013, and I had read the comments of the arthritis specialist about the correlation between aging, arthritis and bone spurs, and resulting pain, I would have most likely simply nodded my head in agreement. But this is not 1960, it’s over a half a century years later.
Since 1960, a great deal of research has been done on spinal arthritis, bone spurs, senescence (aging) and resulting chronic pain. Many published studies have reported that there’s little, if any, correlation between them.
In fact, many people have spinal arthritis, bone spurs, and yet no back pain. Many other people have no spinal arthritis, no bone spurs, but a lot of back pain. And in my practice, I have personally seen patients in their mid 80s with no back pain, but children as young as 5 and 6 with back pain.
So what does all this mean? It means that bone spurs (in and of themselves) and arthritis do not cause chronic back pain. And if you don’t isolate and determine the real cause of your back pain, nothing will make sense (as in the above examples).
Over the last 40 years in research and clinical practice, I’ve seen thousands of patients with chronic back pain. My continuing question was – What is the common denominator in all these patients? The answer came approximately 15 years ago when I discovered two inherited abnormal foot structures that cause the feet to twist, result in bad posture and predispose many people to chronic foot, knee, hip and back pain.
With this insight, I then devised a therapy to effectively treat these people by correcting their foot twist, reversing their postural distortions and permanently eliminating their chronic pain.
When it comes to bone spurs, arthritis and chronic back pain there’s little or no correlation between the three – regardless of your age – but there’s a high correlation between abnormal foot structures, postural distortions and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures I discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with me might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
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.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page.
If you would like to contact me regarding an appointment to resolve your chronic muscle and joint pain, click here.
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain