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“I was abusing my body for over 10 years without my knowing it,” Peter Fitzpatrick, Brooklyn NY.

Maybe it’s that first subtle twinge. You shake it off, grab a cup of coffee and keep pounding the keyboard.

Or a sudden, stabbing – a screaming pain – that gets your attention. It may take months or years to emerge, but repetitive stress injuries are among the most wide-spread reason professionals take time off from their jobs.

And some may even have to leave the jobs they love.

From athletes to musicians, data software engineers, office or skilled trades and manufacturing workers, the risk for overuse injury is omnipresent.

Pain doesn’t have to be.

Aching wrists. Weak fingers or radiating pain. It may not be as obvious as injury from a fall or bone break, but repetitive stress injury or repetitive strain as its also known (RSI) accounts for as much as 50 percent of work related injuries.

The U.S. Department of Labor Survey of Health Statistics reported RSI is among the most frequently reported injuries in the workplace.

According to the most recent report of the Labor Department’s Workplace Injury and Illness Summary, 34 percent of lost work time in the U.S. costs roughly $100 billion a year. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/repetitive-strain-injury

Those numbers don’t account for the lost productivity, intangible losses – like quality of life or job satisfaction – of those who continue to work in chronic pain.

Peter Fitzpatrick of Brooklyn New York said by the end of the workweek the back of his head felt like it was on fire.

“When it happened it was shocking and a week later it still hurt, but it was not only hands but my arms,” Fitzpatrick said.

He sought treatment from top specialists in Manhattan for more than 10 years, and thought his career as a digital marketer, broadcast journalist, TV news and writer/producer was over. “I tried it all,” Fitzpatrick said of his quest to get better.

That included various medication and pharmaceuticals, acupuncture, a variety of physical therapies – none was a cure.

Fitzpatrick said at the time he sought treatment no one used the word “RSI and physicians became suspicious of me when I used it,” he said.

It was after Fitzpatrick came upon the book “It’s Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,” by Jack Bellis and Suparna Damany, that he began asking different questions.

“Thinking I had done and seen everyone, I called Damany Center,” Fitzpatrick said.

“It’s Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart and other booksellers.

“I read the book, and it was a revelation,” Fitzpatrick said.

The book spurred his desire to become well and he traveled to Damany Center for Chronic Pain and Holistic Well-Being in Allentown with hope.

“That was when I met someone who really understood what was wrong,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said his muscles were in constant spasm and pinching nerves. “They weren’t getting [essential] blood flow” to heal, he admitted.

Damany blends a mixture of eastern and western medicine having trained in the U.S. and India. She treats patients in her Allentown office, but has a unique approach allowing her to use the Internet – to treat and work with patients around the world.

“What I’m sure of, at this point, is that my patients have typically been to several doctors, and have tried several “conventional” therapies in an attempt to get their lives back, to no avail,” Damany said.

Phone and Skype sessions are trailblazing a method for helping those suffering from chronic or constant pain.

Her one-on-one approach to patient care yields dramatic results because it’s completely unique and tailored to the patient – no one else.

“She spends time with me and provides a specific set of exercises. She found tight spots in my muscles and around my nerves, and treated me holistically. Everything she said was right,” Fitzpatrick explained.

Only after five months of treatment at the Damany Center, “I began strengthening,” Fitzpatrick said.

Part of the Damany program includes postural alignment, assessment of and correcting how the body is used, as well as the function and dynamics of the workspace.

“Healing” is the keyword here, not just ‘band-aid’ fixing or ‘managing’ the pain,” Damany said.

For more information visit damanyhealth.com.

Krish Damany