Six Myths of Joint Pain

If you or anyone in your family is in pain and you’re looking for somebody to help you, you can make a more educated decision when you understand the Six Myths of Joint Pain.

Myth #1

Pain is your enemy.  This is a myth.  Pain is a natural warning that alerts you that something is wrong in your body.

Myth #2

Joint pain is just wear and tear and there is nothing else you can do about it.  Yes there is, especially if you follow our Be Free From Pain Program.

Myth #3

You need to take ongoing medications, such as pain killers and anti-inflammatories.  However, medications simply mask the pain, while the joints continue to deteriorate. Even doctors will tell you about how these drugs will affect your intestines.  Did you know that these medications can also make your blood pressure go up? The American Heart Society just issued a report advising doctors to recommend physical therapy for joint pain instead of medication. Some of these joint pain reducing medications have been linked to heart attacks which resulted in death.

Myth #4

How many times have you heard of a test showing a problem when there wasn’t actually a problem?  Often times, you feel the need to get extensive testing such as blood work and x-rays or an MRI.  While these tests can be informative, many times they can lead to false positives.  For example, studies have shown that many people exhibit a bulging disc on an MRI even though they have no pain at all.

Myth #5

You feel that surgery is the only answer.  Many times, that’s simply not true.  Remember Carole’s doctor.  He recommended that she try physical therapy first.  Surgery was the absolute last resort and it should be. However, if you ignore the pain for an extended period of time and don’t see a physical therapist then surgery may be the only option left for you.

Myth #6

You feel that if you have pain you should curtail your activity instead of getting treatment. That’s not always true!  Work with a professional who knows how to help you with your pain.  Often times, inactivity or “curtailing of activity” leads to more rapid deterioration of your joints.