Updated: Mar 26
Hello, my name is Dexter Penaranda. I am a Physical Therapist who has been practicing the profession for 20 years but have been in and around health care and health care practitioners my whole life. I am 47 years old and both my parents have been Physical Therapists. My father is still practicing with me (for which I am eternally grateful), however my mother died a little more than 10 years ago (and I still miss her to this day). For whatever it is worth, our combined experience in the health care field would be over 100 years. I often like to think I am the sum our experiences as the stories they shared and the people we have met have accumulated in me, helping to mold me into what I am today.
However, I am much more than that, as are we all. And I’d like to take this opportunity to try and share some of the philosophy I have lived by and been thinking about since I was a child. So bear with me a moment.
I have always been intrigued by many things. Over the years I have studied such a wide variety of things from the various mythos from all over the world: those of the Greeks, the Romans, the Indian, Chinese and Germanic origins to name a few (I also like Irish lore a lot, especially about the stories of the bull raids and the Hound of Ulster, a tragic tale really). I have studied history, psychology, archaeology, physics, a bit of math (though I hated math in school), philosophy, political theory, some economics and more things than I care to list right now. It may seem like a lot, but all these things have always piqued my curiosity at one time or another.
So, you may ask, why is it that I studied all these things? Power. Since I was a child, I was always intrigued by the adage that knowledge was power. The more I knew, the more powerful I would be, and how wonderful to know all the things in the world. How naïve that was.
As I grew older, I started to think I knew a lot, and I did. However, where did any of that truly get me? So, I began to think more about the nature of knowledge and power. What were they truly? My conclusion is this right now: knowledge is potentiality; power is the implementation of knowledge; and wisdom is the understanding of the proper usage of that power (i.e. knowing when and how, or even if to act).
This comes then full circle to my profession. At its core, like all other health professions, Physical Therapy is a practice designed to help the client achieve their best possible selves. Physical Therapy aims to address issues which arise in the body that inhibit functional ability. To do that, we have a wide array of tools at our disposal. Our foundational base in anatomy, bio-mechanics, physiology, and pathology give us the pool of knowledge (potentiality) to understand the basic nature of a given treatable diagnosis. Implementing the correct tools (power), at the appropriate time and circumstance to address the given problems (wisdom), is what I do as a Physical Therapist. And over the years, I have had a lot of practice.
Of all the wide variety of things that I treat and have treated before, one the basic components of almost everything is pain. Now the pain can come from a wide variety of things, but for simplicity and bias (most of my work has occurred in outpatient settings), let us just address arthritic pain at this time.
An etymological breakdown of arthritis is from arthro-joint or relating to joints and itis- swelling/inflammation. Thus, basically swelling of the joints. Regardless of the driving forces behind the inflammatory condition, be it osteo-arthritic degeneration through injury and/or as a result of chronic deterioration (OA or RA factors), a main symptom is pain.
One of the more intriguing and new tools in the arsenal to fight this kind of pain is CBD/THC products. A growing number of pre-clinical studies and anecdotal evidence has shown CBD/THC products to be helpful in fighting the inflammatory process.
Some of the the studies can be linked here:
Anecdotal evidence is also useful. The CBD/THC marketplace has grown from $170 million dollars in 2016 to what is expected to exceed over 1 billion dollars this year. Such a quick growth in the market indicates people are beginning to recognize some of the possible utilities of CBD, such as relief of pain from inflammatory processes.
So, I know that pain is often integratory to many of the diagnoses which I treat. And one of the biggest categories of pain is arthritic pain which stems from inflammatory processes. One of the newest tools in my bag of tricks to address that inflammation are CBD/THC products.
Understanding (knowledge/potentiality) that CBD/THC is a possible tool to combat pain/inflammation, what power do youhave? You can buy the appropriate CBD/THC products to address the pain/inflammation. The products are available at online through trueCBDpure at: www.truecbdpure.com