Do you NEED Surgery?

Recent research is showing that surgery might not be needed as often as we think.

  • A Finnish Degenerative Meniscal Lesion Study Group was published in the New England Journal of Medicine comparing meniscus surgery to sham surgery and concluded that “In this trial involving patients without knee osteoarthritis but with symptoms of a degenerative medial meniscus tear, the outcomes after arthroscopic partial meniscectomy were no better than those after a sham surgical procedure.”

  • A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine entitled Sham surgery versus labral repair or biceps tenodesis for type II SLAP lesions of the shoulder: a three-armed randomised clinical trial concluded that “Neither labral repair nor biceps tenodesis had any significant clinical benefit over sham surgery for patients with SLAP II lesions in the population studied.”

  • There is a condition called Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). The International Association for the Study of Pain defines FBSS as “Lumbar spinal pain of unknown origin either persisting despite surgical intervention or appearing after surgical intervention for spinal pain originally in the same topographical location.”

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My Journey with Chronic Pain: Part 5

If you missed part one, two, three or four be sure to check them out as this is a continuing story. Now on to part five!

Over the next few months I continued to learn more about pain and move more in my daily life.

At this point I had a deep and very personal understanding that pain does not equal tissue damage and tissue damage does not equal pain. Some examples of this are:

  • We have all had that bruise on our leg that we didn’t even know was there…this is clear tissue damage yet no pain.

  • We could take a back MRI of 20 people off the street and many would have some sort of changes: herniated discs, arthritis yet you have no pain.

  • Sunburn (hear me out here)…Yes when you have a sunburn the skin is damaged from the burn. But, when you take a shower it really hurts but you are not causing further damage from the shower. I hope that makes sense.

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Why Cancer Survivors Should Exercise

We are fortunate to live in a time where improvements in detection and treatment of cancer have resulted in more and more people living meaningful lives after a cancer diagnosis.

The National Cancer Institute found that “in 2016, there were an estimated 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. The number of cancer survivors is expected to increase to 20.3 million by 2026.”

With more and more people surviving a cancer diagnosis, it is important to help people do more than just survive — but thrive.

Unfortunately, the significant effects cancer can have on people leave many with lasting limitations in:

Strength…..

Balance…..

And Endurance…..

which can limit participation in daily activities, hobbies, exercise, work, and other important aspects of a thriving livelihood.

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My Journey With Chronic Pain: Part 4

At this point I was really identifying as being a person with neck pain.

All of my Christmas and birthday presents during this time were things that related to my neck. Well meaning gifts like:

  • Heating pads

  • Special Pillows (thousands of dollars on pillows)

  • Rolling suitcases (so I didn’t have to carry anything)

  • Massage devices

Around this time I realized I had stopped doing a lot of activities because I thought it would hurt my neck. In the physical therapy or medical world we call this fear avoidance. As defined by IASP:

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