The 3 i’s is not the answer!

Heard a great interview with Sportscoach Mike Boyle the other day, talking about soft tissue injuries, and how “specialists” rely on the 3 i’s to alleviate the problem, without actually getting to the root cause of the problem.


If you visit a doctor or “specialist” the first thing they will tell you to do, is to take anti-inflammatories for the first 5 days or so – the 1st ” i ” ! The only time this is likely to resolve the problem, and long term is if the injury was as a result of an external resistance, such as an impact, or sprain or strain.


If you find this didn’t work (most cases of a kinetic dysfunction, which will continue to push and pull the body out of alignment) you’ll pop back to see Mr Specialist and he’ll probably prescribe ” i ” number 2 – the injection or cortisone injection. Cortisone can be quite damaging to the bodies tissues, and is regarded as a “stay away” form of treatment by many professionals. It acts by pooling around the inflammation and treating the inflammation – again, this is treating the symptom but not the initial cause of the injury.

If you then find after a few weeks/months the pain is still there (which will be the case if not immediately apparent) you go back for the 3rd “ i ” – incision. (I won’t post a picture of this!!) “Let’s open up the area and take a look” – in other words, I’ve got no idea what’s happening, let’s go and poke around and see! Again, if they do perform surgery, it’s only in an attempt to resolve the immediate issue – it’s won’t correct the initial cause!!

I had exactly this issue about 5 years ago. Started getting a continual pain in my left shoulder, which became worse with overhead movements. Luckily I had private medical cover, so got to see “the” shoulder specialist in Surrey. After injections and MRI scans, he gave me a cortisone injection, this failed, so I had a second about 4 weeks later. He said that if that one didn’t work, they’d perform “investigative surgery” – thankfully the cortisone resolved the pain! I performed rotator cuff exercises, which has now strengthened the shoulder, but I’ve also worked on my tight Quadratus Lamborum (lower back muscle!) which was the initial cause of the shoulder issue as I’d taken up gold around that time, and this tightness was limiting my range of rotation, which in turn affected my shoulder movement.

Not once did “Mr Specialist” attempt to find the cause of the injury, nor was he concerned about what I should do post-injection to ensure it didn’t happen again. If I knew then what I do now (how many times has that been said?!” I may well have had a debate with him over treatment and prevention methods, but I just accepted what he said.

If you have a muscle imbalance, this will invariably cause a dysfunction within your kinetic chain and cause pain at some point, often referred. Seek out a qualified therapist or Kinetic Chain Specialist and find the root cause of your injury – this will not only ensure the real problem is resolved, but you should becoming stronger and pain-free for more than a few months!