Pain, Personality, and PT Prowess: Do You Have What it Takes?

Personality, temperament, “soft-skills…”
There is a good amount of chatter in the world of pain science about these topics right now, related to both patients and to those who treat them.  As we seek to determine who may benefit most from interventions like Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE), there very well may emerge certain personality traits, such as openness to…

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Millennial Maladies: Will the Pain Epidemic Get Worse Before It Gets Better?

 

Around the holidays, an 18-minute viral video made its way to my inbox via my friend and respected colleague, Dr. Louie Puentedura. It was an interview with New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker and business consultant Simon Sinek, discussing Millennials in the work place. Louie posted it with the remark that it may help us better…

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The Cuddle Hormone: The Little Known Secret in the Stress-Response

Anyone who has taken coursework on teaching patients about pain, has undoubtedly heard about the “Lion in the Room” or similar story.  We talk at length about the effects of a state of prolonged sympathetic response for those of our patients living in chronic pain.  They are constantly in “fight or flight” mode, living with altered levels of adrenaline and…

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Hope, Goals and Jimmy Fallon

I heard a great story from a patient of mine last week. It’s great because it involves my absolute favorite celebrity on the planet: Jimmy Fallon. It’s also great because as the patient and I talked pain neuroscience education (PNE), his story wove right into a point I was trying to make with him, and one I think…

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Boundaries Required: Empathy’s Not Empathy Without ‘Em

When you hear the word boundaries, what comes to mind? Teenagers and toddlers pushing limits? That friend who wants to borrow your trailer again? The extra hours you work because of unwritten rules for assuring high marks on your performance review? That patient with the perfect excuse for not finishing his/her homework?

As PTs, we generally are very nice…

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