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“Do I need to do what my Doctor tells me to? “

“Do I need to take this medication my doctor prescribed?”

“My doctor told me not to do any physical activity- Do I need to stop everything?”

“Do I REALLY need surgery?!”

“I don’t want injections- do I have to have them?”

“My doctor doesn’t think I need an MRI but I feel I do!”

 

Do any of these things sound like something you’ve said or thought? At Competitive Edge, we get asked all the time ” Do I need to do what my doctor tells me to?”

Check out this video about how I answer this question and my advice for you if you’re not comfortable with what your doctor has recommended.

 

The short answer, believe it or not, is NO!

This is YOUR body we are talking about. This is YOUR health. And therefore you need to decide what you feel is best and what you are or are not comfortable with.

Your doctors prescription is a recommendation. It is there to help you in this decision making process. They are there to apply their knowledge and expertise and to help you make an informed decision. But at the end of the day it is your choice whether to follow their recommendation or not.

Why did your doctor recommend that in the first place?

However, I would also like to mention that they wouldn’t be recommending or prescribing something that they didn’t think was best for you. They have a lot of education and a lot of practical expeirence helping people just like you with their health. So they are recommending that course of treatment for a reason.

My biggest piece of advice is to advocate for yourself. Ask the doctor about the goal behind the recommendation. Is it just to help decrease your pain so that you can cope? Or is the goal to eliminate the root cause of the pain?  Maybe there is a more conservative option that you can try first.

Make your feelings and opinion about treatment known. Ask questions and be an active participant in bettering your health. Advocate for yourself.

Any good doctor would be happy to answer your questions and explain their reasoning behind the recommendation.

You have the right to ask your doctor questions!

You have a right to understand what is going on with your body and to understand the recommended course of treatment before you start it. And… you also have the right to think about it for a while and ask questions at another time.

 

Get a Second Opinion

If you are struggling with an injury, ache or pain and are wanting a second opinion- request to speak with one of our therapist on the phone. This 15 minute conversation is a no pressure, no commitment way to gather some information about your injury and an alternate ( and possibly more conservative) approach to eliminating your pain!

Click HERE to request to speak with one of our therapists.

Therapist Treating Back Pain

If you’re not ready to speak with someone

Not sure about us just yet? That’s ok. We know that it can be hard to know who to trust in the health care system and we never want you to feel rushed in to making a decision if you just aren’t ready.

Subscribe to our Youtube channel or follow us on instagram or facebook for more helpful tips for your injuries or aches and pains.

 

Worried about the Cost – We get it!

Competitive Edge Sport Therapy helps active adults and athletes who feel like they have tried it all- to FINALLY resolve their pain and get back to the life they love….. without every juggling one client at a time.  We know that cost and availability can be a big factor and are happy to answer all of your questions before you ever make the decision to come in to see us. Click HERE to get more info about availability and cost.

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Do You Have Arthritis? Here Is What We Encourage You To Do

If you think you have arthritis, know that you do, AND especially if you’ve been told that there is nothing that can be done- you need to watch this video!

Not All Pain is Arthritis

We know it’s easy to jump to conclusions and self diagnose yourself with having arthritis. But there are so many other things that can be causing your pain! Your pain could be coming from muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, fascia, nerves, etc. And MOST pain is coming from compensation patterns and imbalances. When muscles are tight or other muscles aren’t working, it pulls the joint in a funny way causing pain and causing wear and tear. So, consult with your healthcare provider before jumping to any conclusions.

Arthritis Can be Improved

And even if you know for sure that you do have osteoarthritis, it still doesn’t mean that you are doomed to always be in pain. As I explained above, because most pain stems from imbalances, and imbalances can be corrected! Therefore your pain can be either reduced or eliminated! That’s right… having arthritis does not mean that you will always be in pain!

Fun fact, if you were to do an MRI on a group of healthy and pain free individuals… you will likely find arthritis somewhere! But just because it shows up on a scan, does not mean that it will be causing them pain ( nor does it mean that it is going to get worse over time).

What is Arthritis

Just to be clear, we are speaking about osteoarthritis here ( not rheumatoid arthritis). Osteoarthritis is simply a wearing down of the cartilage within a joint. It is degeneration or ” wear and tear” but as I mentioned earlier… this is not a death sentence. Many people have degeneration within a specific joint and never even know it because they don’t feel any pain.

What Can Be Done

Athletic Therapy can help to resolve the imbalances and compensation patterns that have caused the pain within a joint. We will do a complete whole body assessment to pin point where the problems. And then, we will come up with a game plan to resolve them. This will likely include hands on techniques, stretches and strengthening exercises.

Check out some of our client success stories HERE

Not sure about us just yet? That’s ok. We know that it can be hard to know who to trust in the health care system and we never want you to feel rushed in to making a decision if you just aren’t ready.

Subscribe to our Youtube channel or follow us on instagram or facebook for more helpful tips for your injuries or aches and pains.

Ready to start feeling better? Request to speak with one of our therapists to hear about what we can do to help!