In an article written in the Huffington Post Dr. Peter Abaci, M.D., talks about why chronic pain treatment in our society is flawed.
Dr. Abaci had my attention from the start, when he said “First of all, chronic pain is big business. Odds are that if you are in pain, then you are probably helping make somebody a lot of money. I bet you never thought that your pain was the focus of bonuses, corporate takeovers, kickbacks and expensive advertising campaigns, but it absolutely is.”
Dr. Abaci eloquently states: “According to IMS Health, a company that tracks sales for drug companies, Vicoden, an opioid-based pain killer, is the most commonly prescribed medication in the country, and almost 20 percent of all doctor visits involve a prescription for opioids. Drug companies know that the prescription of opioid-based pills is “the gift that keeps on giving” because once folks start taking them they won’t stop because of the physical dependence they create. I think it is fair to say that there have been some pretty successful business plans out there!”
In 15 years of practice, Dr. Abaci has yet to find a scientifically sound study that shows significant benefits from the long-term use of opioid medications for chronic pain. The reasons being: problems with tolerance, addiction and a newer discovery known as opiodi-induced hyperalgesia (OIH) – where opioid meds eventually cause some to get even more sensitive to pain.
He continues: “Certainly, doctors are up to date on all of this stuff and can put things in the right perspective? When you consider that Wall Street-driven companies sponsor our medical conferences, journals, research and dinners (basically our education) then you can see how jaded the decision making can quickly become. Unfortunately, we are now seeing a sharp rise in abuse and deaths from prescription pain killers. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the abuse of prescription pain medications is the fastest growing type of substance abuse among teens, and it is now the second leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S.”
Dr. Abaci then talks about the exponential rise in the use of spine surgery for lower back pain. “Rapid growth has taken place in the use of more complex and costly spinal fusion surgeries, and there is cut-throat competition among the manufacturers of the hardware used in these procedures. Medtronic alone makes $3 billion annually off of its spinal device unit. Again, research has consistently shown that such treatments are no more effective for low back pain than much lower cost alternatives such as aggressive rehabilitation.”
At the end of this insightful piece, Dr. Abaci then states that the most effective way to treat chronic pain is through interdisciplinary pain programs, which encompass the use of several specialists (like doctors, physical therapists, psychologists, yoga instructors, art therapists and life coaches) who work as a team.
He states that the purpose is to “teach patients as many tools as possible to help them better manage their pain and improve the quality of their lives” and “when pain patients learn how to adopt healthy lifestyle habits and start exercising regularly, they connect better with others and become less dependent on external resources like heavy medications, then they start to feel a whole lot better.”
The above two paragraphs is where we part similar viewpoints, because obviously Dr. Abaci is not aware of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, which do not respond well to pain management – interdisciplinary programs or otherwise.
This was my comment on his post:
“I agree with you that interdisciplinary pain programs are FAR better than drugs and surgery – but they are not the answer. As you stated; interdisciplinary programs “manage” pain. Certainly managing pain is better than not managing it at all, but wouldn’t it be better to get rid of chronic pain once and for all, so the patient can get on with life (instead of living at the doctor’s office)?
Chronic pain is a big business and lots of money is there to be made. Traditional doctors are ‘trained’ into the drug system from the time they are in medical school. But, the question that haunts me is: Why are alternative doctors just as reluctant as MDs, to look at research and clinical findings that prove that chronic musculoskeletal pain can be permanently eliminated using a holistic (non drug/non surgery) therapy?
For many years I’ve been publishing (in peer review medical journals) on two inherited abnormal foot structures that are a common cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain and the therapy I’ve developed that permanently eliminates chronic pain. This therapy can be learned by any healthcare professional (www.IARPT.com). and used in their own practice. When the patient’s therapy is finished (6-18months) they no longer have need for chronic pain treatment.
My question is – why isn’t this being done? Could it be that, when it boils down to it, even many alternative healthcare practitioners only see the bottom line? Let’s be honest, managing pain (whether through drugs or through yoga) means return business.”
To read more on why the traditional approach to treating chronic pain doesn’t work, go to: Kansas City Star Talks About Relieving Chronic Pain in America
To find out about an alternative therapy that really does work, read Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s patient website.
Why struggle with temporary fixes and treatments that only work in the short term when you can be free, once and for all, of the chronic muscle and joint pain that is making your life miserable?
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.
And if you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page.
If you would like to contact me regarding an appointment to resolve your pain, click here.
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
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain and The Foots Connection to Chronic Pain