Sometimes treating a symptom is a necessary part of treating the cause.
Since you like muscle analogy.... this may be comparable to the RICE portion of initial acute injury treatment. But not really, as you will heal with or without RICE....with persistent high BS (too high too long) you produce sometimes irreparable damage.
Ahh, or your flood analogy. Just fixing the dam won't clean up all that water that will continue to rot and do damage to your buildings and infostructure. Hey that works a bit better anyhow