There are problems in which surgical intervention may be necessary, such as massive trauma to your cervical spine. In such a case, surgery will stabilize your vertebrae and diminish your pain. But many times surgery is performed for problems other than trauma and often with devastating results.
If you have neck pain for no apparent reason (not from an injury) in many cases surgery should not be contemplated.
The following is a common example of neck surgery performed for the wrong reason. A middle aged man (we’ll call him Joe) goes to his orthopedist for neck pain. Xrays are taken and the orthopedist dutifully points out all the points on Joe’s cervical spine that he considers to be pathologic. With a sober look and reassuring demeanor he then advises Joe not to worry because a simple little surgery will correct all the damage.
So having full trust in his doctor, Joe undergoes the scalpel and lo and behold, after the surgery his pain is worse! Joe returns to his orthopedist complaining that the surgery not only didn’t solve his problem, but actually made it worse.
Again with a sober demeanor and reassuring response, the doctor tells him not to worry and in time he’ll feel great. Six months pass and Joe still is not feeling better, so he again returns to the wielder of the scalpel. The orthopedist orders some perfunctory Xrays, examines them very closely, tells Joe that everything looks great and then refers Joe to his friend at the end of the corridor – a psychiatrist.
Does this sound familiar? It certainly does to me! I can’t tell you the number of patients that have come to my office with a similar story, desperately seeking help and insisting that there’s nothing psychologically wrong with them.
So what’s going on here?
Why Surgery Will Not Relieve Your Neck Pain
Surgery usually makes neck pain worse because it weakens the spine, allowing the underlying cause to create even more pain. That is, surgery doesn’t work if it doesn’t address and effectively treat the cause. Obviously, in the example above, the surgery did not handle the cause of Joe’s neck pain, because if it did, the pain would have gone away.
What is the underlying cause of most neck pain?
When your neck pain is not due to trauma, the cause can usually be found in your feet. That is, you may have been born with an abnormal foot structure – either the Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
Both of these common foot structures cause chronic muscle and joint pain throughout the body – and this includes chronic neck pain.
If you have one of these abnormal foot structures, it’s in your best interest to fix your neck problem by fixing your feet. This is done through Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
If you’re living with neck pain and considering surgery, remember this: surgery ALWAYS weakens the structure of your body. What you are born with is always more stable than what doctors can reconstruct surgically.
Remember this as well: there is a noninvasive alternative to surgery if your neck pain is being caused by an overlooked abnormality in your foot structure
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s 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 by clicking here.
If you would like to contact Professor/Dr. Rothbart 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 PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain