This person suffers from chronic pain. 🤬🤬🤬
The conventional doctors, including orthopedists don’t have anything more to offer since their standard (non-specific) recommendations haven’t helped. 👎👎👎
I like educating people that pain can be caused by one or more of three general categories:
1. Structural – physical injury, overuse, postural, biomechanical. 🩻
2. Metabolic – inflammation associated with immune issues, poor blood sugar regulation, gut issues, sleep disturbance, thyroid issues, sex hormone issues, etc. 🔥
3. Neurologic – the pain was so acutely traumatic and/or has been so chronic that it has rewired the brain to “feel” pain even though the actual tissue may be normal on exam or diagnostics. 🧠
When you have a pain complaint, conventional medicine almost always ONLY considers option 1 (Structural). That is what they did with this person. 🙈
When the (low) “standard of care” approach fails like it did in this case, the typical MD gives up or refers out to a “specialist” who will look at you the exact same. Hence the wasted time and money of the mainstream hamster medical wheel. 🐹🐹🐹
Functional medicine is interested in the INDIVIDUAL, not the symptoms. Therefore, we study and consider ALL potential contributions to a person’s complaint(s) and the investigate the highly probable targets in an individualized and specific way. 🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️
This person’s pain is cause by factors in areas 1, 2, and 3. Let’s get to work! 🧩🧩🧩