A large study of army recruits demonstrated the protective effect of exercise on the development of knee pain. Male and female recruits who performed 4 stretching and 4 strengthening exercises for 7 weeks, were 75% less likely to develop anterior knee pain.

My mentor Hans Kraus, President JFK’s White House physician for his back, also used exercises to treat low back pain. His exercises were developed by studying 3700 patients with back pain for 4 1/2 years at the Columbia University School of Medicine in the late 1950s. The 21 exercises were then given to 300,000 participants with back pain at YMCAs throughout the country, with an 80% success rate.

Both studies suggest that muscles are the source of different pains that we all experience. If you have sought out care for a painful condition, have muscles been evaluated or thought to be the problem; chances are no. Our medical education system ignores for the most part pain originating in muscle. There are many reasons why but the result is growing cost for common pain problems and less than optimal outcomes. There are many patients who have failed at a variety of invasive treatments or costly medication, who like JFK could find relief with treatment directed at painful muscles.

~ Norman Marcus, MD
Norman Marcus Pain Institute, New York NY
“Your New York City Pain Relief Doctor”


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