I often hear my patients complain that their doctor(s) said, “Nothing more can be done to resolve your chronic pain.” But what the doctors should have said is, “I don’t know of anything else I can do for you.”
Or, if they were doctors who kept up on current research in the field of chronic pain and they really wanted to be honest, they might have said “I can’t help you, but I know of a therapy that might.’ Their next step would have been to point you in the direction of other therapies that might help you get rid of your chronic muscle and joint pain.
This doesn’t happen very often, which is baffling because it seems like the most sensitive advice to offer.
Recently a survey was taken of over 1,000 physicians, asking them why they don’t suggest therapies other than what they offer (drugs, physical therapy and surgery). Their overwhelming response was: We don’t want to expose our patients to potentially harmful therapies, which have not been given approval through the American Medical Association.
On the surface, this sounds like a compassionate and logical reason for not suggesting possible alternatives. But when these same doctors were further questioned about it and asked if they would seek alternative therapies for their own family (instead of just telling their loved ones to ‘live with the pain’) the almost unanimous reply was ‘I would do anything I have to in order to help my family.’
So why is there this discrepancy between the well being of the doctors’ patients and their families? This goes into the politics of medicine.
Physicians are no longer free to determine what therapy they believe is in the best interest of their patients. Once the doctor has made a diagnosis, they open up their Mercks Manual, which outlines the ‘acceptable’ therapies for that diagnosis. If the physician diverges from those ‘suggestions’ and places their patient in a therapy that isn’t listed, they’re putting themselves at high risk of being censored by their peer organization, the American Medical Association, or even worse; loss of their medical license by their state Medical Board.
Most physicians are understandably reluctant to take this risk for their patients, but (also understandably) usually willing to do so for their own loved ones.
Is this information something your doctor will tell you, if asked? Absolutely not. But I can tell you that in the back rooms of the hospital physician lounges, I’ve heard many such discussions taking place.
Doctors are human beings, just like everyone else. It takes an extraordinary person to jeopardize their career – be it in medicine, politics or plumbing your house – for the welfare of a client. Maybe this is understandably so.
Your Doctors Don’t Know Everything About Treating Chronic Pain
But fortunately you, dear reader, do have access to healthcare information not made readily available through your healthcare provider. This website, Curing Chronic Pain, is one such place where you can access important information based on research studies published in medical journals, which provides information on effective therapies to eliminate chronic muscle and joint pain.
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