If painful joints are wearing you down and your doctor is offering no relief other than anti-inflammatories, pain medication and steroid injections, it may be time to take a look at what’s really causing your joint pain and what you can do about it.
Let’s start with some background information and then go on to how to fix the problem:
What Are Joints And How Do They Function?
Joints are when two or more bones come together and allow movement between them. For example, your ankle joint is where the talus, tibia and fibula come together. This joint allows your foot to move independently of your leg. Your knee joint is where the tibia and fibula come together. This joint allows your lower leg to move independently from your upper leg.
All joints have a position in which they functions best, with the least amount of energy expenditure and wear and tear. This joint position is called the anatomical neutral position. In the anatomical neutral position, the joint space is even from side to side and front to back.
When your joints function correctly, you won’t have joint pain.
How Do Joints Become Painful?
When your joint starts functioning asymmetrically (outside of its’ anatomical neutral position) certain parts of the joint receive more weight. This is where the cartilage compresses more quickly and the joint space becomes narrower.
If your joint is forced to function outside of its’ anatomical neutral position, in time, as the cartilage compresses, symptoms develop such as stiffness, tightness, soreness, aching and pain. The destruction of the joint cartilage is known as osteodegenerative arthritis.
The more severe the degenerative changes in your joint’s cartilage, the worse your symptoms become. And it’s this non-stop pain that wears you down.
Getting Rid Of Your Painful Joints
Drugs aren’t the answer as they don’t get rid of what’s creating your joint pain. The only permanent solution is to identify the cause of your painful joints and effectively treat that cause.
In spite of what you may have been told; old age is not the cause of painful joints. If this was true, all senior citizens would have painful joints (but many don’t) and all young people wouldn’t (but many do).
Current research has identified a common cause of joint pain – it starts in your feet and extends to your posture, which directly affects your joints.
If you have a normal foot structure, you’ll probably have good posture. If you have an abnormal foot structure, the reverse will be true. And if you have good posture, your joints will function in their anatomical neutral position and you’ll most likely be free from joint pain. But if you have bad posture, your weight bearing joints will wear down quickly and unevenly, and you will suffer.
Don’t’ let painful joints wear you down. The key to joint health is to permanently correct your posture. Permanent postural correction can only be achieved by effectively treating your abnormal foot structure. When this is accomplished – regardless of your age – your painful joints will heal.
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 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 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.
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