Today I have a quick video interview for you on the effectiveness of medication.
I was at a fitness mastermind meeting and I got chatting with Dr. Jon Tait about how effective medication is.
It kind of shocked me when I heard the number.
Enjoy the interview.
Rick Kaselj, MS
I am down here in sunny and windy San Diego. I am at a Fitness Mastermind meeting and I’ve got another interview for you; I think this is like the thirteenth one. I keep grabbing people from the meeting and taking them outside and doing a quick video with them.
I am really excited with this video because Jon and I were talking about the effectiveness of medication the last time we met, which was in Costa Mesa California in March.
I am going to get Jon to introduce himself and he will talk about what level of effectiveness is okay for a medication to have to go on market.
Dr. Jon Tait: Those of you who don’t know me and there may be a lot out there, my day job is being a physician, sports medicine, and rehabilitation specialist. I also run a site called ThePainFreeDiet.com where we work to educate people on the best combination of lifestyle changes through exercise prescription like Rick does, dietary changes, sleepy hygiene, stress reduction, all these things we know that are very powerful interventions for getting through an injury and recovering from a painful episode and just reaching that optimal level of function and performance, that’s what I do.
The question that Rick laid out there is when we talked about medication it is usually known as an intervention. Say we will just use the concept of pain medications as we typically use in my practice at certain points is what I call a bridge treatment.
If somebody comes in with a very painful episode, we need to get their pain under control so that they can go work with somebody like Rick, do the exercises they need to and over time as they heal they come off the medications.
But the point of what we are talking about a couple of months back is — What really is a successful medication trial that we know?
When they are developing these medications so you want to get them out to the market place, how effective is this medication?
Let’s say a sugar pill or a placebo, we think in our minds that these are wonderful things and it should help 75% or 80%, not probably 100% but maybe 75% or 80%, of patients who get these medications will have a dramatic impact. In fact it’s much less, it’s about in the order of 30%.
So 30% improvement for that pain they are going for that medication. And our example here, pain reduction, gets a whole room of executives, high-fives, a popping off champagne corks and just slapping each other on the back.
How effective pain medication is, is far less than what we think; it’s still of courses an intervention method that we use and can be quite helpful for those reasons to allow somebody to give a along with their recovery, working out their exercise program diligently on that.
They do have a role but I hope people see that the pain isn’t equal thing or the role that they may put start and back and being the only treatment to get out of pain so just a small portion of that.
Rick Kaselj: Awesome. I think that’s fascinating information. I didn’t know that, it’s very insightful to get that bit of information.
Jon, where can people get more information about you?
Dr. Jon Tait: Basically ThePainFreeDiet.com, it’s going to be our home page for getting what we feel is the best information into the hands of people for dietary approaches to treating pain, and programs like Rick’s of course we will have links to his information too.
Finding people that really deliver the truth out there trying to distill down the massive amounts of information in regards to recovering from pain or getting through an injury or living at a high level of function and performance, because in my line when I think about performance we naturally think the athlete and of course we both see a lot of those people.
But for me performance is also the elderly person that just needs to get out to their mail box. Or they end up on the floor and have to get off the floor. We really want a site that people can go and get information. Rick and I have a passion for reading thousands of journal articles.
Rick Kaselj: Passion and the sickness…
Dr. Jon Tait: And a little bit of the sickness but then distilling that information down into very usable points so you don’t have to do all that reading yourself. That’s really what we feel about that site that it’s going to be a place for people to find that great content and information.
Rick Kaselj: Awesome. Thank you very much Jon.
Make sure to swing by exercisesforinjuries.com. I have a more thorough interview with Jon that I had done with him talking about Pain Free Diet. Also, his partner Nick Pineault, I did an interview with him as well so you can go on the blog and listen to those interviews.
You can also go to the blog and type in your injury there’s a good chance you can find an article or a video on your injury and how exercise can help.
If you are watching this on YouTube, head above and hit the subscribe link, what that will do is you will end up getting videos like this every couple of days where I talk with experts like Jon and about the injuries and exercises.
Take care and bye bye.
Rick Kaselj, MS.