Dr. Charschan’s approach to back, knee, shoulder and joint pain is interdisciplinary. In my view, this is the way to go at least initially until it’s known whether one’s condition requires surgery. I’ve been there – had spinal fusion surgery and experienced many treatments based on a variety of medical theories.
There’s hope to live productively without the pain. I’ve achieved it for some time now. The book outlines how to do right by one’s body to keep it going and “cheat mother nature.” One begins through education and perhaps also by controlling pain. The Holy Grail is to understand what’s causing the pain and then to address those things. In our system, it’s essentially up to the patient to discover this as facilitated by medical specialists.
In appointments with doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors, the patient begins an immersion into the big body of knowledge for keeping the body going without chronic pain to old age. Inevitably, this leads to books simply because it’s far more efficient for a patient to become informed, learn the vocabulary and only then to discuss particulars with medical specialists.
Charschan gets to the bottom of things quickly – the feet. Problems with feet and gait manifest right up to knees, pelvis, spine and shoulders. Some shoulder problems can even be kept at bay simply through addressing feet and gait. Shoe inserts make a difference in many, for example. That’s an easy expense to get covered by insurance, to a point anyway. Remember, when you treat any type of chronic pain, you have to work your way through the requirements of the medical insurance industry. Victory is often defined by getting an MRI, because insurance companies have high standards that must be met before justifying an MRI or CAT scan. I think it’s generally a good idea to start with the feet and work one’s way up through health care’s gatekeepers using information consistent with this book.
Cheating Mother Nature in some cases may tell the correct treatment for a condition but is valuable for clues on finding the Holy Grail (referenced above). Ordinarily a diagnosis involving the musculoskeletal system will vary widely from one doctor to another, according to Charschan. His approach is specifically to evaluate the function and find the mechanical problem. Note that he has a background in mechanical engineering prior to his medical background.
An advantage to Charschan’s approach, other than perhaps a more successful diagnosis, is that patients will probably be less likely to drop out of care because they are not made to think they have to live with the problem. For these reasons, I recommend Cheating Mother Nature.