Albert Einstein once said "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results". When you think about this quote for a second, you might ask yourself, "Does this apply to the way I'm treating my chronic pain? "
Have you been doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results? More specifically; if you've spent years managing your chronic pain through drugs, physical therapy, chiropractic, etc, and it hasn't gone away yet, is it logical to expect that your pain will magically disappear with more pain management treatments?
If you sincerely want to get rid of your pain, there are two issues that need to be looked at – square in the eye. The first; is receiving medical treatments that don't result in permanent pain elimination. The second; is continuing to have these treatments, without questioning the logic of doing so.
Looking at the first issue:
No matter what your doctors tell you about the effectiveness of their particular specialty, if you're not getting better, they're probably merely managing your pain and not treating the source.
Pain management therapies are just that – pain management. Managing pain means treating the pain itself. This doesn't work because pain is merely a symptom of an underlying cause. If you keep focusing on the symptom your pain won't go away.
This insightful concept can be confusing for many pain sufferers because their doctors are telling them that they are treating the source of the problem, which they often believe is arthritis, leg length discrepancy, scoliosis, a sports injury, car accident, or even old age.
But, it stands to reason that if these problems are the real source of your pain, and your doctor is using what he considers to be a valid therapy, then, shouldn't your pain be going away? So, logic tells us that your doctor either does NOT know the cause of your pain or does not use a therapy that effectively treats the cause. And so, all he can do is manage your painful symptoms.
Hence, if you keep repeating the same thing over and over – one pain management therapy after another – you're probably never going to get better. At some point, sooner or later, one has to come to this realization or else be a victim of chronic pain for one's entire life.
There's a quote from Oliver Wendall Holmes that says: "It is so hard to get anything out of the dead hands of medical tradition." Interpret this as: Doctors don't like changing their modus-operandi, admitting their knowledge is limited, or even that maybe their treatments don't work for everyone with chronic pain. Doctors are human and humans don't always like to admit they're infallible. Hence, don't naturally assume that doctors will have an open viewpoint of other therapies (which could potentially help you) that are outside their sphere of knowledge.
But it's not entirely their fault that doctors are merely managing your symptoms, because (until fairly recently) a common cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain was unknown. Hence, no therapy had been developed to effectively treat it.
Looking at the second issue – receiving the same treatments year after year, without questioning the logic of doing so – requires some personal introspection.
You (not your doctors) are the person living in a body racked with pain. So, if you're tired of being in pain, doing the same thing and not getting results – then the change needs to come from you, as you are responsible for your healthcare choices. This starts with education.
First, learn about what pain management really is; what it can and cannot do. Be realistic – don't expect therapies to produce results that they can't produce. Pain management is not permanent pain elimination.
If pain management therapies have not worked for you and if you want to be permanently free from pain – you must do something different. Look for a therapy that does not manage pain, but instead, effectively treats its' actual source (hence eliminating the pain for good).
Hippocrates said: "Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity." So, my friend, an opportunity is being presented to you to get off the hamster wheel and get your life back. It's sitting right in front of your face!
For over 40 years, Professor/Dr Brian A. Rothbart has been reaching out to pain sufferers (through publications, radio, TV and the internet) to educate people about two inherited, abnormal foot structures that are a common cause of chronic muscle and joint pain. They are known as the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
He has also developed an effective therapy to permanently eliminate the pain that comes from these common foot structures, called Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy. Using his therapy, Professor/Dr Rothbart has effectively treated thousands of patients who have these foot structures – these people are now living pain free lives. To read about some of them, go to Patient Testimonials.
Your current doctors may not have heard of these abnormal foot structures and they may not have heard of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy. They may think anything they have not personally heard of (anything not in the field of traditional medicine) is not worthy of consideration. They may feel you are wasting your time and money for even doing the research to find out if Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy may work for you. But, you know what – they weren't able to help you, so why continue to listen to them? Do your own research.
We only have so much time in life. Why not spend it in a way that's constructive and gives you the results you've been waiting for? Professor/Dr Rothbart and I are here to help you do just that. And we are extending to you our sincere desire to help you get your health back, so you can spend your time doing something other than visiting doctors.
With warmest regards,
Assistant to Professor/Dr Rothbart