Don’t Chase Pain

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If your physical therapist only looks at and treats the area where you have pain…..FIND YOURSELF A NEW PHYSICAL THERAPIST!

A good clinician doesn’t just treat a body part, they treat the WHOLE PERSON. That doesn’t just go for Physical Therapists. That includes Doctors, Chiropractors, and Massage Therapists. Just about anybody who works on your body.

About a month ago, I had a professional athlete come in for an evaluation. The athlete had been having low back pain and had been diagnosed with Left Sacroiliac (SI) issues. The symptoms had been going on for 8-9 months and they were going to chiropractic and even tried flying to LA for an injection to the SI joint. The injection resolved things temporarily, but they were still not able to participate in their sport of choice. They had to know soon if they could perform, because there was a competition coming up.

At the evaluation, we did a thorough screening and I noticed that the Right SI joint might actually be the problem. We did some manual therapy to release the right side and the pain reduced significantly. In fact, the athlete told me that they were able to perform movements after that one visit, they previously could not. ONE VISIT. But the the pain was still present.


One week later at a follow-up visit, we looked at the SI joint again both sides seemed to be moving better. We did a little more manual therapy to target problem areas and they left without any low back or SI symptoms. TWO VISITS and NO LOW BACK PAIN. They were still sore to the back when returning to activities, but the SI symptoms were much less significant now. The athlete eventually was able to compete with their team and achieve their athletic goals.

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After suffering 8-9 months, the athlete was now able to get back to doing what they love. After only TWO VISITS! The point of this is to help you realize that where the body is hurting or in pain, is not necessarily the source of the problem. It’s just the weakest link in the chain. It’s your body’s way of telling you that a problem may be┬álying somewhere else. If you address the real problem, then the pain can be reduced and eventually eliminated. If you only deal with the pain, it will likely come back because the problem area is still around.

So the moral of this post is: Don’t Chase Pain. And if you have a clinician that does that, then you should run. Run to one that doesn’t.