Video 16/19: “White Bears”

I talk about how the suppression of negative thoughts associated with chronic pain can really fire up the nervous system.  Dr. Daniel Wegner from Harvard published an elegant paper in 1987 demonstratng the impossibity of trying to suppress thoughts. I’ve talked about it before in White Bears and ANTS. BF

My Call to Action

Jean was a middle-aged rancher who I saw for a second opinion from a neighboring state. She filled out an extensive spine pain questionnaire, which included many psychosocial questions in addition to a history and diagram of the pain. She was healthy and normally an extremely physically active rancher. Her low back … Read More

The Power of Commitment

The key to reprogramming your nervous system and stimulating neuroplastic changes is repetition. There has been much research done on why it is so difficult to change behavior. We all know how difficult it is to keep New Year’s resolutions. Why is that? We are often quite serious about it … Read More

Communicate with Injured Workers

This letter is in response to a process that was outlined by one of the roundtable participants.  She has every party involved in mangaging a given claim.  They meet every 45 days and outline a clear plan.  It is a remarkably forward-thinking concept and very effective. Hi _____, I think … Read More

Video 14/19: Chronic Pain: Pain Free is Not Only Possible, it’s Probable.

I talk about how powerful the DOCC Project can be and how it can break down the doors of years of chronic pain. Through patient’s stories, the DOCC project is showing that pain free is not only possible, it’s probable. For more on this, check out Reversing Chronic Pain with … Read More

Back Pain vs. Mouth Pain

I am a busy spine surgeon, yet I spend most of my time talking my patients out of surgery. When I do recommend surgical treatment, many, if not most, become apprehensive. They have heard that spine surgery never works and will relate stories to me about their friends, family, or … Read More

Video 13 / 19: Memorizing the Circuits: Phantom Pain

Our brain has neurological circuits that can become memorized. In this video I discuss phantom pain, which is more the rule than the exception with amputations. This factor is a significant problem with any chronic pain situation. BF

Compassion and an Italian Dinner

Compassion—First and foremost I am on a much-needed vacation this week in Italy.  From 1980 until 1990, my wife lived in Florence.  We have many friends in Italy we like to visit as much as we can.  It is a unique opportunity for me in that she is fluent in … Read More

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