By Linda Penzabene
Assistant to Professor/Dr. Rothbart
If you’ve been from doctor to doctor seeking pain relief and question why most doctors rely solely on drugs to treat chronic pain, the answer may surprise you. It’s certainly not because drugs are the best or even the only way to treat chronic muscle and joint pain!
I read an article that stated that most chronic pain patients first take their heath care concerns to a doctor that is a general practitioner and that a General Practitioner (GP) is the only type of doctor that 75% of all pain patients will ever see.
The author wrote that one of the most obvious problems of seeing a GP is that you see so little of them because the cost of being a doctor today is so expensive that general practitioners must hurry from patient to patient just to pay their bills. Costs of medical student loans, running an office and insurance all have to be paid for on the small amounts that health insurance companies pay per patient.
This means that (in the US at least) most doctors can only afford to spend an average of seven minutes with you during your appointment. They simply don’t have the time to take a complete medical history, perform a through physical exam and explore the actual source of your chronic pain problem. This rush to process patients in the shortest amount of time possible is one reason why so many general practitioners settle for simply prescribing drugs. And so says the author of this article.
But there are three other significant reasons why doctors rely on ineffective treatments such as prescription pain medication. The first is that many doctors don’t feel pushed to look for viable solutions. Often patients are brought up from childhood to believe that their doctor knows best, or they’re simply afraid to rock the boat and challenge their GP’s orders. Following their advice (regardless of the consequences) patients are then stuck with doctors who brush them out of the office with a prescription in hand.
Second, many patients are not motivated to participate in their own health. Even if the doctor does take the time to provide advice and education, the patient will ignore that advice. Every doctor can tell stories of patients who are prescribed a seven-day-course of medication but stop taking them after the fifth day, or patients who complain of pain month after month, but refuse to exercise even 5 minutes a day. Faced with such patients, doctors have little recourse but to pull out the prescription pad.
The third reason, and the reason I take issue with, is that some doctors have a lucrative relationship with the drug industry. That is, drug reps (salespersons) come to the practitioner’s office and tell them what to prescribe to their patients (even though they themselves are not physicians). The reps give the doctor a number of prescription pads (already filled out for each of the medications that they want the doctor to prescribe). In return for using these drugs, the doctor receives perks.
The more prescription pads the doctor goes through, the larger the perks he will receive from the drugs companies. For example, drug companies often pay for the physician’s next vacation, household gifts, a piece of medical equipment, tickets to the World Series and Play Off games, or even pay off his current credit card balance – all untraceable and ‘under the table’. In addition the doctor often receives a lifelong supply of any drugs they want for their own personal use.
In large pain clinics, which prescribe huge amounts of drugs, it’s not unusual for physicians to receive substantial perks, such as a new Mercedes or pleasure craft boat.
If you come along and say – “I really would like to get to the source of my chronic pain so I can get my health back, rather than just taking a bunch of pain killers for the rest of my life” – your doctor may not be overly happy. Not only can he not offer a real solution to permanently eliminate your pain, but taking you off expensive medicine cuts away from his bottom line (drug income). Imagine if all their chronic pain patients came up with such ‘silly notions’!
Yet Another Reason Why Your Doctor Relies On Drugs To Treat Your Chronic Pain
Drug income and complacency aside, is there yet another reason that your doctor doesn’t offer a workable and healthier way to eliminate your chronic pain? Yes there is. The reason is that he doesn’t know the cause of your pain.
Most physicians receive little to no education on the subject of ‘what is pain’ and how to treat ‘pain’ in general. They most certainly don’t have the education or training to treat the complex problem of chronic muscle and joint pain.
This being so, GPs and most other physicians have no idea where to look to find the cause of your chronic pain – so how can they possibly permanently eliminate it?
The answer is that they can’t.
So if they can’t successfully treat your chronic pain, what are they doing? Well, they’re doing something called ‘pain management.’ Pain management is a pleasant way of saying that your doctor will be tinkering around with your body trying this and that and you will most likely be visiting your GP for the rest of your life – or until you give up in frustration or die of a prescription drug overdose.
At some point you may come to the conclusion that it’s time to find a qualified doctor who can give you the answers you’ve been looking for and help you get your health back.
In my work assisting Professor/Dr. Rothbart with his patients, I have come to see that he is that person. His approach to treating chronic muscle and joint pain is far more effective than the pain management approach you’ve probably been receiving up until now. To learn about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s education, original research, clinical experience and highly effective therapy, read:
In most cases, there is no logical reason to rely on drugs to treat your chronic muscle and joint pain. There is a holistic, non invasive answer. It is called Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
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 Professor/Dr. Rothbart 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.
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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