by David Wadsworth
If you have been reading our series of posts about effective, long term solutions to persistent chronic pain, then you have already figured this one out – the skill of your practitioner really matters if you want to get better. Why?
- A more experienced and more highly trained practitioner has been shown in many studies to be more accurate in examination and diagnosis than inexperienced practitioners or practitioners who have not received post-graduate advanced training. This means they are more likely to get the diagnosis and list of causes identified faster and more comprehensively than a junior practitioner, or a practitioner who only has one skill .
- Persistent pain is a difficult and very complex puzzle to solve because it’s multifactorial and often multisystem in origin (see our earlier posts here and here for a full explanation).
- An expert in this field, with an extensive skill set encompassing the many manual therapy approaches for different systems in the body, and a solid range of exercise therapy approaches, is far more likely to be able to identify the thousands of possible causes for your symptoms.
Chances are, if you can find an experienced and skilled practitioner you will pay more. However, you will typically get faster relief with less overall cost than seeing a practitioner who may not have developed a broad enough skill set to deal with complex problems.
We hope you have found our series exploring persistent pain helpful. It is a complex and difficult problem that can, for many people, be helped or fully alleviated with the right approach, much like using the correct key to unlock a specific door.