Here are typical standard approaches to injuries of the joints and connective tissue:
Pain relief…when it comes to acute pain relief NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as Acetaminophen, are typically the first suggested medical treatment. Most people consider acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol ®) as being an extremely safe pain reliever for both children and adults. The reality is that it can be extremely dangerous and causes significant side effects. Each year acetaminophen causes over 100,000 calls to poison control centers; 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. In addition, regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility, and hearing loss (especially in men under 50 years of age). On August 1, 2013 the FDA released a notification on acetaminophen that it is now associated with rare, but severe and sometimes fatal skin reactions even at recommended dosages.
Addressing inflammation…Inflammation is usually addressed with NSAIDS as well, along with ice and elevation of the affected area/joint. Besides medicine and the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) principle, not much other interventions are used in conventional medicine besides steroid injections.
Please note there’s a difference between acute inflammation (as in a trauma or sports injury) and chronic or systemic inflammation which is the result of poor lifestyle habits. With systemic inflammation, one has systemic problems (general body pain, multiple joints affected, fatigue, fibromyalgia, organ problems etc.).
With acute inflammation, the body is initiating the healing process so it’s wise to let that happen and not counteract that process. When systemic inflammation is the cause of pain and health issues, we need to subdue that inflammation by restoring balance in the body.
Physical therapy…Physical therapy is treatment to improve mobility (such as walking, going up stairs, or getting in and out of bed), to relieve pain, and to restore physical function and overall fitness. The physical therapist uses exercise, manual therapy, postural education, and modalities such as heat, cold, and electrical stimulation to work toward these goals.
Depending on the injury, disease, or condition, physical therapy may include work on flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance. Treatment may focus on preventing problems or treating problems that affect: your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones (musculoskeletal system).
Physical therapy has great value in proper education about muscular balance, proper posture and preventative measures while providing short-term relief.
Steroid (or cortisone) injections… certainly can provide relief for days to months if administered correctly and if the cause of the pain is inflammation. However, steroid injections have a negative effect on our health and in the long-term exacerbate the original pain or injury, while affecting kidneys and liver.
Furthermore, these injections while reducing the pain temporarily inhibit the healing process. The patient who’s pain is reduced tends to increase his or hers activity level and further damage the tissue without realizing it.
Surgery… All surgical procedures are accompanied by inherent risks and complications such as infection, blood clots and adverse reactions to the anesthetic. Cases of osteolysis, when plastic or metal fragments are released from a joint implant into the body causing further inflammation are reported as well.
While joint replacement surgery can bring pain relief and additional mobility, the success of the procedure can vary and replaced joints eventually have to be replaced again down the line since the metal and plastic parts wear out over time.
Sometimes, joint replacements are indicated, but they should be your last option. Surgeries also cause the continuous production of scar tissue, eventually impairing range of motion and flexibility in the area, and possibly causing new pains and functional limitations.
Surgeries to fix torn ligaments, tendons and muscles are indicated when these tissues sustained a COMPLETE TEAR. If not, healing should be promoted naturally.
Because your condition is unique to you, it’s often mistreated with a one-size-fits-all approach. The administration of drugs such as Acetaminophen, pain killers, and sometimes risky surgeries are merely disguising some of the pain and further poison your mind and body.
Each time you try another treatment or medication, and the result is only temporary or other symptoms and problems are generated, you become even more frustrated and discouraged. Soon you find yourself in this “vicious cycle”. Pain and symptoms worsen, and often depression and lack of lust for life increase….
What YOU really need is a clear, scientifically-based, realistic program that you can follow and get results that are quick and long lasting!