Brain & Pain

Surgery
Pain management is an important consideration when you’re having surgery – not only to minimize discomfort, but also because good post-operative pain control plays a vital role in optimizing your recovery. The sooner you are able to get up and about, the less likely you are to develop complications like blood clots, hospital acquired infections, and respiratory problems.  
Teddy Bear with Bandages
Pain can entirely change our lives. Ongoing pain problems can lead to disabilities like not being able to work, drive, or even maintain a home.   Pain in a dominant hand or arm can make it difficult to button a shirt, comb hair, or carry groceries.   Low back pain can make it hard to sit, stand, bend, tie shoelaces, or just about anything else you can imagine.  
Body in Dark
Pain that starts in one place doesn’t necessarily stay there. Over time, pain can spread, shift, expand, or radiate, from one part of the body to another, making treatment even more challenging.  
“Is there hope?” is a question I hear often. One of my patients struggling with a low back injury recently mentioned that doctors keep telling her that there is no hope. The look on her face told me how upsetting this was for her, and she asked me, “What do you think?”   Before I tell you my answer, I first want to be clear about why both the question and the answer matter.  
Pain management is an important consideration when you’re having surgery – not only to minimize discomfort, but also because go
Our experience of pain can have a lot to do with our past – especially when our past includes trauma.
When someone is in pain, their whole family is impacted.
I was pleased to be invited by Scientific American to post a blog describing our work on targeted mindset interventions for pain relief and opioid reduction.

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