The surprising answer to unusual pain.

Ever had pain that just didn’t seem to go away? No matter what you did that pain continued to persist. You have tried everything. Physical therapy. Occupational therapy. Chiropractor. Massage. Injections. Even the cream that you saw on an infomercial that promised to cure everything. You’re not alone in the confusion, many medical providers become baffled as well when normal treatments fail to produce results. Then you begin to think that maybe this is all in your head. Now what?

We are blessed in America to have access to great advancements in care in order to unravel these “difficult conditions” to help people in a very positive and practical way. The clinical research, advancements in technology and clinical application are helping drive new understandings of these difficult problems. One of the biggest advancements recently, for me, has been the integration of the potential of neuropathic conditions into the diagnosis and treatment of many common diagnoses such as lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis and recurrent back pain to name a few.

Many of these chronic musculoskeletal conditions are due to muscular guarding and abnormal movement patterns developed by the body to reduce stress or tension onto the neurological system. Typical treatments are treating the symptoms not the root cause of the problem. It may be the nervous system that is the driver not the resulting tissue dysfunction. These are injuries that I myself, and my staff see and treat on a daily basis.

Maybe it is time to consider a different treatment approach than what you have been doing. Einstein defined insanity as “Doing the same thing over again expecting different results”. Let’s steer clear of insanity and begin the process of healing and restoration of life and function.

–Zach Strandy, DPT