My Path to Understanding Pain
The way I treat pain is different from the usual medical approach.
Why is this?
Because I’ve seen too many patients continue to suffer from pain even after multiple medications, injections, and surgeries.
My engineering brain could never accept the fact that these treatments were so ineffective. If the problem is so simple, why is it that so many people are still in pain?
It didn’t make sense to me.
All of this conflicting data, plus my own chronic knee pain, forced me to look deeper at pain science, to seek out mentors and colleagues challenging the status quo, and to take a different view of my own chronic pain.
I came away with a new appreciation for the complexity of the human body and the role of pain in our lives.
I also found a new and better way to look at pain and help those suffering.
Oh, and my knee pain disappeared as well!
The Key is in the Science
How did this happen?
What I found is that to treat pain, you need to treat the entire person. This not only includes the physical body, but also includes the effect of thoughts, feelings, emotions, stress, inflammation, food, movement, etc.
The key is the way all of these factors combine to create an environment that makes you susceptible to pain.
Unfortunately, they don’t teach this in medical school. Instead, most doctors treat based purely on structure. They look for arthritis or slipped discs. Then they treat those structural issues with procedures (injections or surgery).
And some people improve.
But many do not.
After multiple failed procedures, doctors feel they have no option but to prescribe opiates. But these medications have been shown to actually increase your pain over time.
The problem? They missed the big picture while focusing only on the details. The human body is far more complex than this.
Pain needs a science-based approach, not a structure-based approach.
I’m tired of telling patients they are stuck with their pain forever, especially when now I know it just isn’t true.
My job is to use all my tools to help you restructure your pain brain, giving you the chance to live a pain-free life again.
As an engineer, I love to deconstruct the pain problem for each person. Because each person is unique, each patient’s treatment path is a little bit different.
What remains the same for each person is a focus on the science of pain itself. This is where healing comes from.
You can manage your pain with opiates and procedures.
Or you can treat your pain with science.
Studies have shown the value of this approach, and countless patients have reaped the benefits.
My approach is not for everyone. If you’re looking for a magic pill that will fix your problem forever without any effort, my practice is not for you.
Pain treatment requires you taking the time to learn about your pain and what it is telling you. Only with knowledge can you own your pain.
If you are tired your pain controlling your life, of treatments never providing more than temporary relief, then I am happy to be your guide on the healing journey.
If you’re ready to start your journey, please contact me here.