Chronic Pain Treatment
I’m reading a fascinating book about Chronic Pain and how to treat it by a back surgeon named David Hanscom, M.D. You’d think that the first choice for a surgeon would be to perform surgery – and he certainly has a made a career of doing just that. But he has over the past few years come to see that surgeries only actually work at getting rid of the pain about 20-25% of the time.
Most of the time the pain continues on after the surgery.
This is because the chronic pain comes from one of three places:
- A Structural injury that is identifiable and fix-able with surgery;
- A Soft-Tissue injury that may or may not be identifiable, and may or may not be fix-able with surgery;
- A Neurological Source that is entirely beyond the scope of a surgeon to fix through surgery.
In fact, his perspective is that any chronic pain, even chronic pain that is “fix-able” with surgery, needs to address this third source – the neurological source – before undergoing surgery and the following physical therapy. The nervous system has to calm down first. Then recovery has a chance to be completely successful.
It’s really an interesting read – especially for those of us who see how much our thoughts and emotions can impact our physical health, and spiritual health.
The book is titled, “Back in Control” and is available via Amazon or local book stores.
If you are suffering from chronic pain, pick up a copy of this book and consider using the program that it outlines. And I would be happy to help to walk you through the program as a coach or counselor to help you to be successful.
Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., M.S. is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor (M24381) with offices in Bear Valley Springs just outside of Tehachapi, and in Bakersfield, CA at the Medical Offices of “The Practice.” He also provides counseling services via Skype with those who cannot travel to his offices. He is also a pastor who provides Christian counseling and Spiritual “coaching.”