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It pays to know what the real problem is

I had 3 years of grief 2006 to 2009 but I’m committed to [the exercise program] and 4 weeks in there’s good progress.

– Mark

Comments like the above really piss me off. Don’t get me wrong – I love getting emails that tell me my program has helped someone who wasn’t getting helped before. But to spend THREE YEARS of one’s life in pain? What a shame, and what a huge waste of time.

The real problem, as I see it, is that the medical community simply isn’t bothering to keep up with the ongoing march of information. In a way, this is understandable. In The Checklist Manifesto (which is a really interesting book), author and surgeon Atul Gawande makes the point that medical knowledge is now roughly doubling every single year. And no doctor can keep up with all that. But you would think that someone in the AMA or CDC one of the government’s alphabet soup departments that are tasked with overseeing the medical industry, SOMEONE would realize that what is commonly called “tendonitis”…isn’t.

Matrix tendonitis

After all, the research has been there for a decade and a half now. It was back in the year 2000 that a scientist named K. M. Khan and his colleagues made the point that there can be no tendonitis (or any “itis”) without inflammation, and there can be no inflammation without the four classic symptoms (which have been known since antiquity). These are: pain, redness, swelling and heat. Any layperson can very easily do a self-check to see if they have them or not. How a doctor, a person trained in medicine and supposedly a specialist in the field, can look at a patient and, NOT seeing all of these signs, still make a diagnosis of inflammation is really puzzling.

Matrix Tendonosis

Tendonitis is inflammation, and if you are in basic good health inflammation will generally go away on its own within about two weeks. But tendonosis is a different story. In medicine, an “osis” indicates a degeneration of the tissue involved. With tendonosis, the collagen fibers that make up your tendon are developing knots, breaking down, and generally not performing correctly, thus causing you pain. You can fix tendonosis you take the right steps, but it is a much more serious condition than tendonitis, and left untreated can result in having to have surgery to repair what will ultimately be a ruptured tendon. And nobody wants that.

So if you’ve been told that you have “tendonitis”, but rest, icing, aspirin and so on aren’t making it go away, do yourself a favor and take my free, one-minute tendon test and see what’s really going on. Just answering a few easy questions about your condition will tell you what your tendon problem actually is. And that could literally save you years of frustration and pain. Because it’s very hard to treat a condition that you don’t even know what to call, and when you don’t understand the real problem in the first place.

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