Posts tagged physical therapy
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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