“That’s the thing that scares me the most, is that I don’t know if it’s ever going to stop.”

“That’s the thing that scares me the most, is that I don’t know if it’s ever going to stop.” Is a great line from one of my favorite YouTube short film clips: It’s Not About the Nail. But the phrase also applies to my own worries about our constant attempt to so easily blame a weak…

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Treating Pain: It is Much More Than “This” vs. “That”

Trying to follow the evidence to determine the best intervention for your patients can be a challenge, especially when it comes to persistent pain. It can be a challenge when you read well-done reviews that seem to have slightly opposite conclusions.
Supporting evidence for physical therapy led cognitive-behavioral interventions
In one breath you can look at a study…

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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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The Doctor of the Future

In 1903 Thomas Edison was concerned about the healthcare of his time and stated:
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
More than 100 years have passed and we have the same concerns in healthcare delivery…

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Pain Reframed Podcast Launched This Week

Problems that don’t get discussed don’t get fixed, and we have a serious pain problem in the United States. How bad? A recent report by the Center of Disease Control “CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain – United States, 2016” informs us that 259 million prescriptions were written for opioid pain medication in 2012 alone, enough for…

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Is Pain Neuroscience Education the Same as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

We often get the question: is pain neuroscience education the same as cognitive behavioral therapy? The literal answer is no. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychosocial intervention that is based on a combination of basic principles from behavioral and cognitive psychology. It was originally designed to treat depression, but is now used for various mental disorders. To deliver CBT…

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