Posted tagged ‘osteopathic manipuative treatment’

Glad to be a D.O.

August 8, 2010

Yep.  I am in my right place.  I was such a nerd in school.  Loved biology and human development.  Of course the predominant medical system is the statistical biochemical model.  So when I knew I was going to be a pediatrician, not going to need this, babies don’t have back and musculoskeletal problems.  Boy, was I wrong.  Man! If anything, chronic problems of infants and children, tend not to be biochemical.  Hello?!!  If anything, the primary problems tend to be mechanical.   The sad thing is they do hurt, they do have chronic medical problems.  The only problem is that they don’t know how to communicate their distress and pain.  That is for us to figure out.

So I found my way back to being a real D.O. about 10 years ago.  Boy, am I glad I landed in the right place.  Since then, I really don’t trust everything the ‘experts’ say anymore.  I now subject what people say through a crucible of healthy reserve and if it doesn’t pass the smell test, then well, I discard it.   Read my future post on “Pseudotumor” wherein I share with you how they think.   I just think we have more common ‘horse’ sense.  Unfortunately, if you are reading this and you agree with me, then you have been burned by the system.

Now in practice for 10years in my own office, some really neat things are happening.  Adults are referring me to their adult friends and families for osteopathic manipulative treatments.  But last year was the year of two people separately, who don’t know each other, being told to see me.  Cool.  This year, is the year of “friend of a friend.’  My goal now is to continue developing my skills so that I can get more results and faster.  I am excited for the next 30 years.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Do This

July 24, 2010

This foot belongs to my patient Susan P.  She and I wanted to share with the world what happens after multiple surgeries.  Do not believe that cutting into any muscle is going to relieve you of pain, especially in the foot.  The tissue scars up and the muscle, in medical lingo, contractures.  In patients who have bunion surgery, after the tissue heals, the podiatrists just look at the LOOK of the bunion.  They don’t question the function of the foot.  Please read my previous posts about feet pain.  Feet problems are never local to the foot.  Feet pain is a distal manifestation of a proximal problem.  With Susie, now that the foot is messed up, I always have to calm down the spasms.  She does not leave a session without me treating her knee, hips, back, neck and head.  The cause is always upstream and the answer is always osteopathic manipulative treatments to that cause – which is vector reduction of the distal strain.  For more pictures of what the foot looks like after bunion surgery, look at my prior post