They both receive stacks of letters.
And though Professor Rothbart’s talent for singing only comes out in the shower, he’s indeed an expert at answering your questions about chronic pain.
In this article, Professor/Dr. Rothbart answers questions on excess weight – does it create chronic pain and why orthopedic surgeons advise joint replacement.
Does weight cause chronic pain? You said no …but I say oh yes indeed. I never had knee pain until I gained some weight. Just think about it, if you keep putting extra weight on a sack full of grain, eventually the sack will break.”
You are spot on in your analogy of the sack full of grain. But unless you are obese, some weight gain will not (in and of itself) create chronic knee pain. That is, weight gain is not usually the cause of chronic pain; it merely exacerbates another problem that already exists.
This underlying problem is often an abnormal foot structure, which is distorting your posture , thus creating stress and strain on your weight bearing joints (such as your knees).
If you have one of these common foot structures that cause chronic pain; before experiencing knee pain you probably have noticed other symptoms over the years such as tight muscles in the shoulders and neck, soreness in your feet, difficulty finding comfortable shoes and occasional aches in your low back.
Gaining weight only adds to an already unpleasant situation. It’s like the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
Why does my orthopedic surgeon advise joint replacement?
Joint replacement for foot, knee, hip or back pain is advised when physical therapy and/or drug therapy has failed to control your pain and you are disabled to the point that you can no longer go about your daily activities.
Your surgeon will also advise joint replacement when your Xrays show the loss of joint space resulting in bone on bone contact and erosion of the joint surfaces. Eventually this can lead to the total destruction of your joint.
As I practiced podiatric surgery for many years, I say this in candor: Surgeons are trained to do surgery. They are taught that anything can be repaired using the scapel. They are not trained in alternative treatments which can negate the need for surgery. And so, naturally surgeons believe that surgery is the answer to resolving your chronic pain.
My message is that unless your joint is irreversibly and totally destroyed, there are excellent non-invasive alternatives to surgery.
If you have more in depth questions on if excess weight creates chronic pain and why orthopedic surgeons advise joint replacement, be sure to read other articles on the Curing Chronic Pain website. Professor/Dr. Rothbart works hard to answer your questions and keep you informed on his latest research.
Assistant to Professor/Dr. Rothbart
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.
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 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. http://www.curingchronicpain.com/schedule-an-initial-phone-consultation
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
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain