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The cause-consequence chain

Posted on January 13, 2021 by Michael Boettcher

The cause-consequence chain describes a state of irritation of the tissues in the musculoskeletal system that is directly related to an injury and has an effect on surrounding structures (a kind of chain reaction).
A general distinction is made between ascending and descending chains. An ascending chain is often triggered by trauma to the lower extremities, such as supination trauma (twisting of the ankle). Thus, there is sometimes a link between an old foot injury and acute hip symptoms.

Accordingly, in sports medicine there are also descending cause-and-consequence chains, such as discomfort or dysfunction in the hip, which can lead to pain in the knee. These are usually triggered by a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint. This is followed by a protective posture with increased stress on the unaffected structures in order to minimize pain as well as further irritation of the affected structures.

Over a longer period of time, overload symptoms can occur, which are often characterized by local pain. However, these can also manifest globally in adjacent structures. This type of chain reaction can ensure that local therapeutic measures remain unsuccessful, as the actual cause of the pain present is often not included in the treatment planning.

It is therefore even the more important to include surrounding structures such as joints, muscles or ligaments in the initial examination as well as in the treatment and to structure the therapy holistically. Over the long term, better therapy goals can therefore be achieved and the quality of life sustainably improved.

If you have any questions about the cause-effect chain or would like to make an appointment for treatment, please feel free to call us!

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