Updated: Dec 3, 2020
There’s a common myth with bone, muscle, and joint injuries that a surgery will “fix” the problem.
You have a meniscus tear? - “We just need to get in there and remove/repair it and that should fix the problem.”
You have a rotator cuff tear? - “Lets anchor that cuff back down and you should be good to go.”
You have a bulging disc? - “If we can remove the bulge, the pain will be gone and you’re all fixed!”
HERE’S THE PROBLEM WITH THIS APPROACH - WHEN YOU GET A SURGERY YOUR BODY ACTUALLY NEEDS TO DO DOUBLE THE HEALING!
When you undergo a surgery to repair muscle, bone, joints, or ligaments you are addressing the mechanical deficiency that your body was left with, however, you are not addressing the ROOT CAUSE of the injury.
If you had surgery due to a chronic degenerative process you need to recover from the surgery AND correct the issues that lead to the degeneration of the bone/joint in the first place - DOUBLE THE HEALING!!!!!
If you had an acute injury and needed surgery to repair a torn muscle, ligament, or broken bone, you need to recover from the surgery AND build your body back up to the point it can withstand a higher level of force so you don‘t sustain another similar injury - DOUBLE THE HEALING!!!!
Now, I know it sounds like I am anti-surgery. I’m not. However, I am strongly against the narrative that a surgery will “fix“ an issue. A surgery can be a part of the healing process, but to fully recover from an injury you will need to focus and work twice as hard on the recovery.
Best of luck on your recovery journey! If you are interested in learning more about how Blue Iron Physio can help you, click here, to schedule a call with Dr. David Schwartz