Pain: The science and culture of why we hurt
The full quote/excerpt
Although [Nikolai] Bogduk has a reputation for having all the answers and being a bit of a ‘needle jockey’ who travels everywhere with his little vial of painkilling bivucaine, his presentation in Vienna surprised his colleagues. Instead of talking up the latest surgical intervention, he spoke about addressing the patients’ fears and anxieties, and ‘getting inside their heads.’ He emphasized that what was most important was to first eliminate ‘red-flag conditions’ that might be (but probably weren’t) causing the back pain, and then to reassure the patient that the back would most probably get better and not worse. He still believed in judicious painkilling, but what was more important in treating back pain, he had found, was communication and reassurance. Preventing acute [back] pain from turning into chronic pain was often a matter of ‘treating the patient nice and convincing him that there is nothing so horribly wrong.’
Shortened version of the quote
Preventing acute [back] pain from turning into chronic pain was often a matter of ‘treating the patient nice and convincing him that there is nothing so horribly wrong.’
Comments and context
In this passage, Marni Jackson is quoting and paraphrasing Nikolai Bogduk’s opinions, as expressed at the Ninth World Congress of the International Association for the Study of Pain.
These three articles on PainScience.com cite this item as a source:
- A Cranky Review of Dr. John Sarno’s Books & Ideas
- The Mind Game in Low Back Pain
- Does Spinal Manipulation Work?