Back in Control : A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain, (Second Edition) by David Hanscom MD is a brilliant book on how to get back in control of your pain.
Dr. Hanscom focuses on an aspect of chronic pain that the medical world has largely overlooked. He feels you must calm your nervous system in order to get better. ‘Back in Control’ reveals how to quiet a turbocharged central nervous system and make a full recovery, with or without surgery.
Dr. Hanscom shares the story of his own journey out of chronic pain and offers a treatment paradigm that has evolved from his personal experience, as well as all he has learned from his patients, hundreds of whom have moved beyond managing pain to becoming pain free.
A lot of his practice was in spinal surgery where he gave second opinions on whether surgery was necessary or not.
This book will enable those suffering from chronic pain to regain control of their care and life. I am sure you will have seen many a post I have written in the past about how my pain sometimes gets out of control and I struggle until I manage to get back in control of it again. For me personally, its a case of resting and jiggling about with my drugs but Dr. Hanscom’s method makes complete sense.
His program approaches chronic pain healthcare differently than most people in the health care industry. He feels you must address all the variables that affect your perception of pain, especially those associated with calming down especially the ones connected to the nervous system in order to calm it down and heal.
This revised 2nd edition reflects the last few years of neuroscience research. It is becoming increasingly clear that the brain processes mental and physical pain in a similar manner. As anxiety drops, pain will diminish. Dr. Hanscom has observed that these principles apply to any chronic pain condition.