Functional problems of the body -- those in which muscles or joints do not move optimally, creating stress to the tissues -- often lead to structural diagnoses and pain. I believe the repeated stress from functional problems leads to physical changes in the body such as degenerative disks, arthritis, or disk bulges -- in other words, structural diagnoses. Structural diagnoses do not describe the roots of the pain but are instead symptoms the root problems create.
- Q What causes my side to hurt when I twist or stretch my arm?
- Q Is central pain syndrome serious?
- Q When do symptoms of central pain syndrome usually first appear?
- Q How will my pain specialist make a diagnosis?
- Q What questions might a doctor ask my child about chest pain?
- Q What should I do if I have pain or a mass in my testicle or scrotum?