You may not know about Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy – the effective non surgical, non invasive alternative to surgery for chronic muscle and joint pain – so there’s a good likelihood that you’re considering surgery. But before you go into the hospital, it’s to your benefit that you become aware of these pertinent statistics:
” 80,000 die from infections in hospitals
” 7,000 die annually from medication errors in hospitals
” 106,000 die from non-error, negative side effects of drugs each year
” 12,000 die annually from unnecessary surgery
Pretty gruesome, isn’t it? If I was suffering from chronic pain (and I once was) the last thing I’d want to do is subject myself to the real possibility of more suffering – or maybe even death – by needlessly spending time at a hospital.
Let’s look at the above statistics:
80,000 people die from infections in hospitals
Why do so many people die from infections in hospitals? One reason is that the postoperative infection rate is exponentially increased when surgery is done in the hospital, as compared to when it is performed in the doctor’s office or surgical center. Often, surgeons elect to do their surgeries in the hospital under a general anesthesia (administered by an anesthesiologist) as opposed to in their office (under a local block) because it’s easier and less stressful for the surgeon and requires less expertise. What it comes down to is the patient’s safety vs. the surgeon’s convenience and comfort level.
7,000 die annually from medication errors in hospitals
Since I assume that doctors are conversant with the medications they prescribe; their indications for use and recommended and safe dosages, medication errors should not happen. Why they are happening, I can’t explain.
106,000 die from non-error, negative side effects of drugs each year
All drugs have potential side effects, which can vary from mild to toxic (even death). So it’s not surprising (given the huge volume of drugs being prescribed every year) that deaths occur.
This situation can only be reversed by using alternative therapies that use fewer or no drugs.
How I Found A Non Invasive Alternative To Surgery For Chronic Muscle And Joint Pain
When I first completed my podiatric and surgical training, I believed that surgical intervention was a viable and effective therapy to eliminate many (or most) of the chronic foot and ankle problems that I was seeing daily in my practice.
At that time I was well aware of some of the possible problems associated with hospitals and surgical interventions (e.g., hospital infections, drug toxicities and general anesthesia risks) so to avoid these problems I used a surgical operatory that I built into my office. I performed almost all my surgeries using a local block (without putting the patient asleep). This is more difficult for the surgeon, but much safer for the patient. I used as little post operative medication as possible so to avoid drug complications and side effects.
From a surgical point of view I experienced few problems. My patients responded well to my surgical procedures, their pain symptoms dramatically diminished and for all apparent reasons this seemed to confirm what I was taught – that surgical interventions are an effective and safe therapy and should be used without reservation in eliminating chronic foot and ankle problems.
All was well and good for the first five years of my practice, but things started changing when my surgical successes came back as ‘surgical failures’ five years after the patients’ surgery. It became apparent to me that surgery was only a bandage, merely giving my patients temporary relief, but not treating the underlying cause of their pain.
So I left surgical practice and entered a PhD program trying to answer some of my questions as to what was causing my patients’ chronic pain. But it was yet another 20 years of clinical research before I found the answer to my questions. The answer is that the common cause of chronic muscle and joint pain is two inherited, abnormal foot structures – the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
If you have one of these two abnormal foot structures, you are automatically predisposed to a lifetime of chronic pain anywhere in your body. And the interesting thing about this is that no number of surgeries and no quantity of drugs will resolve this chronic pain problem that is caused by your feet.
This led me to search for an alternative therapy to eliminate chronic muscle and joint pain without having to resort to surgery. A lifetime of research culminated in the development of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy, an innovative non surgical, non drug, non invasive treatment which effectively and permanently eliminates chronic muscle and joint pain. From there, the rest is history. You can read about Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy throughout this Curing Chronic Pain site.
Which takes us to the last statistic:
12,000 people die yearly from unnecessary surgery
A large percentage of surgeries for chronic muscle and joint pain are unnecessary. The reason is because the doctor is treating the symptom (the pain) and not the cause of the pain – your abnormal foot structure. When you realize that you could die on the table from an elected surgery (that’s not going to solve the problem if it’s coming from your feet) an effective non invasive alternative to surgery for your chronic pain makes sense.
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
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.
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