Complaints due to overload

Many complaints from people I see in my practice arise from a form of overload. If nothing is done about the occurrence of this type of complaints, they will return even after successful treatment. A short treatise on the occurrence of overload and principles to prevent this.

What is evidence?

In medicine there is always the justified question of whether something is working or not and what is the best course of action for a particular illness or complaint. Consider, for example, the discussions about vaccinations, the reports about medicines for depression, the debate about the efficacy of alternative medicine. In this piece I will discuss a few types of evidence with a number of criticisms.

Symmetry and asymmetry

When we look at man, we normally see two arms, two legs, a head in the middle, as well as the nose, two eyes, and so on. There appears to be a pronounced (left-right mirror) symmetry. Symmetry is found beautiful and attractive. Various theories and therapies assume a symmetrical structure of the human body. Yet something strange is going on here. An explanation.

Tennis elbow

A tennis elbow (medical: epicondylitis lateralis) is a painful area on the side of the elbow. Here, tendons attach muscles that move the wrist backwards. The complaints last an average of 9 months and disappear spontaneously. Despite claims from various therapists, there is no evidence that a therapy accelerates the improvement. What can you do yourself?

Specific and non-specific complaints

There are different ways to classify complaints. A frequently used one is that in specific and non-specific complaints. It is actually the classification into medically important and minor complaints and determines to a large extent which treatment makes sense.