Posted by: Oscar Abraham in Acupuncture,Clinic,Deep Tissue Massage,Health,Massage,pain on November 29th, 2010

Watch and listen to this post on xtranormal.com 

A patient states that he has been diagnosed with right sided Arthritis of the Hip. This diagnosis is complete with X-Rays and report which states there is mild osteoarthritis in the hip. He is being medically treated for this and is also self treating himself with expensive supplements. Yet the patient’s pain is still there after four months, he walks with difficulty and has a hard time climbing stairs.

As I look at the patient, I notice that his standing posture is not exactly consistent with hip pain yet he favors his right side while walking. He also states that he was also recently diagnosed with a pinched nerve in his lower back. Upon examining the patient in the prone position, I observe that his lower back muscles are very contracted. As I palpate his back and hip area he states that most of his pain is in the front, not at the side or the back.

I then tested the patient in the supine position. These tests reveal that the right psoas muscle is severely contracted. I then recall that the patient’s standing posture is consistent with unilateral psoas contraction and the whole symptomology is consistent with unilateral psoas contraction. I start the process to release the psoas and ask the patient to walk. The patient reports that while there is still pain, it is much less severe. As Willie Nelson puts it, we are “On the Road Again”.

I guess that the patient originally went straight to X-Ray without meaningful observation or examination. While there certainly is arthritis in the hip (X-rays cannot lie), it is most likely not the cause of pain.

My doctor friend’s son was a medical student at the University of Chicago and interned at a large Manhattan hospital. I first heard this from him. “Physical Examination is dead.” I think this case proves that. It is up to the “Alternative” medicine crowd to keep it alive.

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