Free Yourself From Chronic Joint Pain: The Permanent Non-Surgical Reconstruction of Tendons and Ligaments


Originally Written by: Faber, William, D.O.

Dr. Faber is the medical director of the Milwaukee Pain Clinic and the author of two new books, “Pain Pain Go Away” and “Instant Pain Relief”. He uses reconstructive therapy which involves the injection of a natural solution into the joint which stimulates the repair of tendons and ligaments and eliminates pain. Using this therapy, Dr. Faber has healed people with broken backs, broken necks and many other types of medical problems.

THE REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGY OF RECONSTRUCTIVE THERAPY

Day after day, people go to the finest physicians, the finest scientists, the finest hospitals, the finest clinics, and they are told that there is nothing that can be done for their joints, their arthritis, their tendons, their cartilage pain, and that they will have to learn to live with it. However, using the method of reconstructive therapy, we have found that there is an absolute method to permanently resolve arthritis and chronic disability. Reconstructive therapy is not a controversial therapy and it is not a theory. It is entirely based on facts: hard core scientific evidence, double blind studies on both humans and animals which show that this therapy works, and that it works through the healing mechanism of the body.

There are choices we can make. We can choose the traditional method, that is, the medical or surgical method of joint treatment, and their goals are as follows: (i) block pain, (ii) block inflammation, (iii) remove the torn, frayed or ruptured structures, or (iv) replace with artificial parts. When we use the medicine and surgery method for degenerated and injured joints, we give anti-inflammatory medicine. When that does not work, we give exercise and physical therapy. When that does not work, we give cortisone. When that does not work, we give mini-surgery, arthroscopy. When that does not work, we give more cortisone and anti-inflammatory medicine. When that does not work, we give maxi-surgery, the artificial implant. And if that doesn’t work, we give repeat maxi-surgery and re-artificial implants. And that summarizes the “bubble gum, bailing wire and ceiling wax method”.

Or we can choose the biological method of joint treatment. In this case their goals are: (i) aid the body’s own healing response, (ii) detoxify, (iii) optimize nutrition, (iv) chiropractic manipulation, (v) osteopathic methods to aid the body’s own healing response. Then we add careful exercises, physical therapy, bracing and rest. If that doesn’t work, then we stimulate controlled inflammation, the body’s own healing mechanism, to cause a permanent natural reconstruction of structure. Non-surgical reconstruction therapy gives up to 40% more strength and structure than normal, and we end up with super joints.

In the center of a weight-bearing joint, you have a disc or a cartilage. They have a shock absorption and a height function. In an injury, the joint moves to its maximum range of motion, which is limited by the ligament, the primary stabilizer of the joints. If there is still sufficient force, the ligament tears or the tendon tears at the seam, causing lack of stability in the joint. Sprains involve ligaments, and strains involve tendons. They are both basically the same thing, a stretching or pulling or tearing of the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. There are three degrees, first, second and third degree sprains and strains.

There is a law not many physicians know about: Wolf’s Law states that “bones respond to stress by making more bones”. When we talk about stress, we are talking about mechanical stress, wear and tear or injury. And this is what Wolf’s Law refers to. When a ligament has been torn, that causes instability and friction, wearing down the spacer, the cartilage. That puts stress on the bone. Friction produces stress. The bone responds to stress by making more bone. This spurring is the body’s attempt to stabilize that joint because the primary stabilizer, the ligament, can no longer do it. Similarly, when the cartilage or disk wears down through injury, wear and tear, overweight, inadequate nutrition, this makes the ligament more lax, thus causing instability of the joints, and spurring results. With reconstructive therapy, we can actually tighten and regrow, reconstruct those ligaments, thus stabilizing that joint.

RECONSTRUCTIVE THERAPY: HEALING THROUGH INFLAMMATION

Rudolph Steiner is not well known on the North American continent, but he is very famous on the European continent. He stated that inflammation is the body’s own healing response. Samuel Hahnemann, the German physician who developed homeopathy also said this, and this same statement appears in the standard textbook used by all physicians in their medical training, The Pathological Basis of Disease by Stanley Robbins. Chapter three begins: “The inflammatory response sets into motion a complex series of events which heal and reconstitute the damaged tissue”. Blood produces the healing response. If you cut your finger, it bleeds. It’s got a rich blood supply and blood rushes there. The white blood cells, the platelets and the growth release factors become activated and cause the finger to heal. So why is it that ligaments, tendons, discs and cartilage tend to have chronic non-healing problems? Because they have a poor blood supply. If you have good blood flow, you have good healing and good health. Poor blood flow results in poor healing and poor health. What reconstructive therapy does is to stimulate the blood to go to the poor blood supplied areas of the ligaments, joints, tendons, cartilage and discs, causing the white blood cells to become activated and release these growth factors to produce the healing. So specifically, how does inflammation do it? Articles from clinical, orthopaedic and related research may be summarized by stating that inflammation causes the white blood cells and platelets to migrate to the area and become activated. They also have a clean-up function. When they become activated, they release mitogens (growth factors) which cause mitosis (new cells to divide) and angioneogenesis (new blood vessels to grow) and collagen production, which is the connective tissue, the predominant structural tissue of the body.

Articular cartilage is completely repaired in this type of therapy. Research in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, 1989, describes the healing sequence, showing that the cartilage is 100% regrown. “The cartilage tissue tear is filled with a blood clot. Blood rushes to the area. The surviving cells at the wound margins proliferate and regrow by the stimulation of these blood growth factors and migrate to the clot in response to growth and haemotactic factors”.

HOW RECONSTRUCTIVE THERAPY IS DONE

We inject biological irritants with a tiny needle, almost acupuncture-like, at the area where the tendon or ligament is torn, and that causes new tissue to grow – your very own tissue, by your body’s own natural healing mechanism.. The classic irritant used is a derivative of cod liver fish oil. But there are hundreds that will work. We create the irritation, and the result is a ligament or tendon which is up to 35 to 40% stronger than normal in stabilizing that joint. Ligament and tendon pain can mimic nerve pain or sciatic pain. It can radiate to the buttock, the groin, the thigh, the leg and foot, just like sciatic pain.

INDICATIONS FOR RECONSTRUCTION THERAPY

This therapy is indicated in any joint which pops, snaps or grinds, because the popping shows the joint is too loose. Reconstructive therapy is useful when manipulation or adjustments do not last. The adjustments ‘go out’. What holds them in? Ligaments, the primary stabilizer. So if you don’t hold your adjustment, that means your ligaments may be lax or torn, because chiropractic or osteopathic treatments are curative for a large number of cases. They are excellent forms of therapy, but when they don’t work, reconstructive therapy is what is most often needed. Biological reconstruction is effective for unsuccessful surgery of the bone, joint, disc, tendon and ligament, or as an alternative to surgery. This therapy is indicated in any joint pain which lasts longer than six weeks. If it does not heal itself in six weeks with the general chiropractic or osteopathic treatments, most likely reconstruction of some sort is needed.

Reconstructive therapy is indicated in any joint which is helped by a brace or support. Of course that’s what braces do. They take the place of ligaments, and once we get that therapy built up, it’s permanent; it’s there to stay. We have had no recurrences of a single patient after they reach the maximum level of reconstruction. Proliferative therapy, another name for it, provides unsurpassed results in areas where standard therapies fail, for example, compression fractures, scoliosis, paralytic polio, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, spondylolisthesis (a condition in which the back vertebrae slip forward or backward on each other as a result of weakness in the ligaments), congenital problems, Parkinson’s Disease, post-stroke pain, migraines and others.

EXERCISING JOINTS

The results are obtained without exercise. You cannot exercise a joint, a tendon or a ligament. You can exercise a muscle and get it stronger, but you simply cannot exercise a ligament, disc, cartilage or joint to make it stronger because the primary stabilizers are fibrous tissues. No muscle fibers exist in tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, and disks. Exercise is known to stimulate muscle fibers to grow longer because muscles have good blood supplies. Lacking the elasticity of muscle fibers, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and discs are aggravated and overly stretched. Exercise just makes them weaker. They heal poorly and fail to respond to exercise because they are poorly nourished with blood flow. Exercise does not work for impaired joints, except for swimming. In swimming, water surrounds the joints and supports them like bracing. However, some therapeutic exercises may be given by the physician in conjuction with reconstructive injections and these exercises are especially designed to return rotated joints to their correct position. It is advisable to wait until the patient is under fairly good pain control before returning to heavy athletic or heavy work activities.

RESULTS USING RECONSTRUCTIVE THERAPY

The potential for increase of tissue strength possible with reconstructive therapy is defined as follows: normal strength is 100%. When someone has injured or torn or degenerated tissues, they may be only 20% of normal strength. With reconstruction, we can get them up to 140% of normal. So we can see clinical increases of over 100%. The main effect of the therapy is increased function, strength and endurance as well as increased structure. This therapy can be successful regardless of how many years the problem has existed. Many people have had problems for ten years and more and think they just have to live with it, that nothing can help. With this technology that is not true. It is effective for osteoarthritis regardless of its severity. It is effective for disk disease. It even works for bone on bone arthritis. The main side effect of the therapy is less pain. However, that is not its goal. Its goal is to make the patient firmer and stronger. If they are stronger, I know they have less pain.

So, if this is so good, why aren’t more doctors doing reconstructive therapy? Well, there is always a technological lag between society’s acceptance and the discovery of a new method. But there are other reasons why more doctors aren’t doing it. Since there are no patented drugs used in this treatment, there is no pharmaceutical backing. It’s not taught in medical school or residencies. We are all taught to drug them and cut them.

Reconstructive therapy costs one thirtieth of what other treatments cost. Once we get the person maximally rebuilt, there are no recurrences, period. So we must make a choice in life. Do we want to block, remove parts, or do we want to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms? Biological reconstructive therapy permanently rebuilds the structure. The number of reconstructive treatments necessary for permanent results are: 6 to 12 for mild bone or disc changes. These are people without X-ray changes. People who have mild to moderate changes which show up in X-rays, people who have had their surgery or two need 12 to 30 sessions for permanent non-recurring results. In the most severe cases, they may need 30 or more treatments. We now have an accelerated permanent reconstruction program in which we can do three to five treatments a week for two to three weeks. Formerly, we just did them once a week. Now it’s possible to get a month of treatments in a week.

You are going to ask where there is a doctor near you. There is a list of doctors in the back of my book. There are Canadian doctors listed. The problem is we don’t have enough doctors. Another problem is that although man may be created equal, their diagnostic and therapeutic and skills of understanding are not equal. So do not think that therapy skills are equal even among the doctors listed in my book. There are far more practitioners who do it than I list, but I was not happy with their skills. Many of them don’t know how to do necks, wrists, shoulders and ankles, and they don’t have much expertise in solution technology.

SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE OF HEALING IN LIGAMENTS, TENDONS, BONES AND CARTILAGE

The work of George Stewart Hackett, M.D. showed that rabbits’ tendons injected with an irritating solution showed 35 to 40% more diameter and weight than rabbits injected with a saline solution. X-rays also showed a larger area of attachment to the bone (Military Medicine, Jul 1961, 517-525). Because of the publication of his clinical results in medical journals, his ongoing research, and the teaching of his methods to other physicians, Dr. Hackett is considered to be the true grandfather of modern joint reconstructive therapy.

The University of Iowa repeated Dr. Hackett’s 1950 study and demonstrated that sodium morrhuate, that is cod liver fish oil, increases structure and strength of tendons and ligaments up to 40% over normal. They published their results in research journals (Connecticut Tissue Research 11:95-102, 1983).

The gold standard in medicine is the double blind study. In a double blind study at Sansum Medical Clinic, Santa Barbara, 88% of chronic low back pain patients responded successfully to six treatments of reconstructive therapy. These people had low back pain which had not been healed by surgery for an average of ten years. This study was published in the prestigious British medical journal, the Lancet, July 18, 1987.

CASE HISTORIES

BACK AND SPINE PROBLEMS: The Minnesota State champion marathoner ended up tearing his lower back and hip. He responded dramatically to reconstructive therapy. Hopefully he will be a 1992 Olympic candidate. His wife is also a world class runner and is featured in my book. She could not sit or stand without reconstruction. She won a demi-marathon after just eight treatments. One lady suffered 32 years of back pain. She had a herniated disc and the spine formed large spurs over the years to stabilize itself. After reconstructive therapy she was strong enough to carry cement blocks. She didn’t have normal joints; she had super joints. To this date she has had no recurrences.

In chymopapaine surgery, the disc is dissolved (laminectomy). The doctors say, “that disc is no good, let’s dissolve it”. When you lose the height once occupied by the disc, the stability of the joint is lost because the ligaments meant to stabilize the joint are loose. So this can result in terrible pain. Charles Roebuck, who suffered terrible lower back pain due to an auto accident, finally had surgical removal of a disc but was still in misery. After eight sessions of reconstructive therapy he was 80% better. He can now lift heavy steel plates and run. This therapy is very effective for disc disease; the spine can be stabilized by restoring the ligaments which have become lax.

KNEE PROBLEMS: The knee seems to respond especially well to reconstructive therapy. Torn knee ligaments readily grow new connective tissues so that eventually prior injury seems never to have happened. Many damaged knees that are apparently candidates for surgery can be rendered symptom free and fully functional with this treatment.

HIP TROUBLE – ARTIFICIAL HIPS: One of my patients had six artificial hip replacements performed by the Mayo Clinic over 20 years ago. He became immediately better after application of the reconstructive therapy and neural therapy even though he had the hip reconstructions. I should state that reconstructive therapy is for tendons, ligaments and joints. Neural therapy is for nerves and brings instant pain and disability relief and return to full function after the application of the neural therapeutic agent, the injection of lidocaine or procaine or other agents. The treatment lasts at least for 24 hours. The injection of the local anaesthetic repairs interference fields and restores nerves.

ANKLE PROBLEMS: One man had three heel spurs and was recommended to have surgery on each foot. He had problems for 20 years. His torn and relaxed ankle ligaments resulting from chronic injuries or sprains were stabilized and permanently reconstructed.

NECK PROBLEMS CAUSING WHIPLASH AND MIGRAINES: Magnolia Watts had all except one of her cervical vertebrae fractured at the age of eight. Then they were fused in surgery at the Mayo Clinic. When you do a fusion, it puts more stress on the area below or above the fusion. Eventually, at age 35, she was diagnosed as having a herniated disc at the bottom of this fusion. They wanted to remove the disc and put steel rods in her back. She went to several other clinics and was told the same thing. She heard me on a radio broadcast and we did neurotherapy and immediately resolved the incapacitating pain that involved her neck, arm and hand. With three reconstructive treatments, her neck was stabilized and her pain was gone forever. Again, in the cervical spine, ligaments and tendons can refer pain just like nerve pain, to the forehead, the temple, the nose, cheeks, arms, shoulder and fingers. This lady had three car accidents with whiplash and she is totally resolved with reconstruction therapy. In whiplash, ligaments become torn or stretched, and this can happen just from bending your held while reading or cooking.

ELBOW RECONSTRUCTION: Tennis elbow involves torn and relaxed tendons. These can be permanently stabilized with reconstructive therapy.

WRIST PROBLEMS: Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs with repetitive motion of the wrists in such occupations as supermarket cashiers and keyboard typists. With repetitive motion, these ligaments become torn and loose and over relaxed. If an operation is performed and the patient returns to the same occupation, the operation is often unsuccessful in controlling the symptoms. The surgeon cuts the ligament that God put in you because it is putting pressure on your nerve. When you cut the main stabilizer of a joint, the carpal arch widens 10%, and what do you know, there is a loss of grip strength. If you cut the ligaments that God put there, you get a mess.

Dr. Kurt White is the world record holder of dead lift in his weight class. In the process of lifting weights, he weakened his wrist. He was in the 1988 Olympics. We reconstructed his wrist, and expect to have a 1992 Olympian who has reconstructive technology.

OSTEOPOROSIS: One of my patients had every vertebrae fractured because of osteoporosis. We stabilized those spinal ligaments through reconstruction. Her endurance increased tremendously and she was relieved of her pain.

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For a complete list of journal references, please see the Footnote Section at the back of Dr. Faber’s book, Pain Pain Go Away.

You may contact the Milwaukee Pain Clinic at 414-464-7246

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~ by 619 on January 17, 2010.

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