Medical Technology - Health Education - Chronic Pain

Innovative medical technology and health education is essential for helping patients so that diseases can be cured rather than be managed. This is particularly true for prevention of nerve related chronic pain.

One of my patients told me that he sees the field of medicine as purely supportive and useful for managing diseases but really does not cure diseases. I did explain to him that when diseases are caught too late, he is perfectly correct.

The idea is to diagnose early to have possible cures for the disease. Since patients present to the doctor only when they are symptomatic, it is usually too late for a good chance for a cure. The best time to have a cure is when there are signs rather than symptoms.

The body takes a lot of abuses before one get symptomatic, and early diagnosis is really essential. Since I help patients with nerve related muscle pain and discomfort, I will limit my health blog only to this topic. It is essential that I put my thoughts in writing so that others may receive education and benefit from my many years in medical technology innovation to develop Electrical Twitch Obtaining Intramuscular Stimulation (eToims Twitch Relief Method).

The time to get a medical opinion is before one has pain. Everyone should learn how to look at their muscles to see if they look swollen. There should be no well defined margins or grooves beside or around the muscle of interest. When the muscle is relaxed, the muscle should not look as though it is contracted. If it does so, this is a sign of muscle shortening and muscle spasm making the muscle look very tight.

The skin overlying the muscle should not be thick and adhesed to the underlying tissue. The pores in the skin overlying the muscle should not be clearly visible. If there is hair loss in the area that is also not normal. All these are signs of trophic neurogenic skin changes, recognizable just by looking carefully. If these clinical signs are present, you already have nerve related muscle problems and you are a candidate for developing chronic pain if you already do not have chronic pain presently.

Jennifer Chu, M.D. emeritus professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, pioneered eToims Twitch Relief Method that utilizes surface electrical stimulation to locate motor points (trigger points). The motor points are then stimulated to induce strong local muscle contractions, termed twitches. This results in reduced muscle pain and discomfort in the areas that were stimulated. The involved pain/discomfort-relieving mechanism is thought to include local muscle exercise and stretch effects. eToims Soft Tissue Comfort Center® specializes in diagnosis and treatment which ends muscle discomfort and pain.

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