I see many clients who have looked at the calendar, groaned, and decided that it's time to deal with their back pain, and it often becomes my challenge to make sure that they take advantage of that temporary drive and turn it into a permanent one. Here are a few things to think about when you're considering taking the first step.
The diagnosis of OA can be a terrifying reality for people, as it's immediately seen as a one-way ticket of progressing pain, dynfunction, and an inevitable joint replacement. How about we take a look at the common believes regarding OA, however, and see what there is to learn?
Athletic Therapy is still a growing field, and one that the majority of the public is still not entirely aware or educated about. That being said, here are my top seven myths and misconceptions debunked, not only on Athletic Therapy, but also on rehab and recovery as a whole!
We all know what the placebo effect is. It's the very real-world phenomenon of the body responding positively to an otherwise ineffective treatment or stimulus caused by the belief that there will be a positive outcome. BUT.. did you ever stop to consider the opposite effect being a possibility as well?
Pain is not a response that's simply caused by a physical lesion alone; it's a complex phenomenon with massive psychosocial and neurochemical contributors as well. And just like how poor sleep can (indirectly) cause an increased sensitivity to pain, perhaps mental distress can as well.
Rather than being an inflammatory condition (as the "-itis" suggests), we're finding the condition to be a structural one with changes to the tendon fibers occurring at the cellular level. Often, a complete absence of inflammation is observe, resulting in the research shifting to the terms, "tendinosis" or "tendinopathy", instead.