Arm the Worker

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Fixing the problems with the worker’s comp system is critical.  However, the system is unwieldy and we are not going to change it anytime soon.  We know extremely well what needs to happen to enable a worker to move smoothly through the system.  One of my physiatrist colleagues felt so … Read More

THE “ROUNDTABLE”

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An physician friend of mine founded an international internet forum for professionals who are deeply involved in caring for injured workers.  Over the last several years, it has grown to over 1200 members who are committed to creating and implementing solutions to the multitude of problems that exist within the … Read More

Video 2/19: Your Hand Over the Stove

Consider a situation where you are forced to hold your hand next to the hot burner of a stove.  What would happen to your anxiety?  What would be your next response?  In chronic pain, you “can’t get your hand away from the stove.” I talk about this in depth in … Read More

Video 1/19: Introducing David Hanscom

In this introductory clip, I lay out my novel approach to chronic pain. In addition to sharing some of my personal experience in spine surgery, I give insight into how my approach to spine surgery and the overall care of my patients has developed and progressed. For the basics of … Read More

The Eye of the Storm

Any time your sense of well-being or peace of mind is dependent on external factors, you are at the mercy of those circumstances. For instance, if you feel the need for approval from your boss or peers, then you have given them a lot of power if they withhold their … Read More

“I Understand Your Anger. Get Over It.”

I was relaxing this weekend and cleaning up stacks of papers that have been piling up over the last six months.  I ran across this letter a patient had shared with me from her prior surgeon. She had undergone a major low back surgery and came to me with unrelenting … Read More

It Really is Upside Down

I have a patient who is a muscular 43 y/o welder. He injured his back on the job about four years ago.  After undergoing a laminectomy for low back pain, his pain actually increased.  When I first saw him a couple of years ago, his complaint was unrelenting low back … Read More

“Call Things by Their Right Names”

The culture of medicine is immersed in high standards, ideals, and perfections.  Society demands perfection from physicians.  It is manifested in many ways.  The legal system, hospital staff privileging, no mercy for personal mental health issues, harsh criticism from our mentors.  Consequently, as others judge us, we are idealistic regarding … Read More

Normal Arms Amputated

It’s important for you to understand how powerfully and quickly pain circuits are embedded into the nervous system. It’s accomplished in the same way one learns anything—by repetition. Pain impulses flood your brain much faster than and athlete, artist or muscian a learned skill of an athlese more numerous than … Read More

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