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Understand chronic pain before operating 

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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Spinal surgeon Dr. David Hanscom:

Surgery is only one tool that can solve a specific structural problem. It is rarely ‘the definitive solution.’ Don’t let anyone place a knife in your back until you understand chronic pain. And most important take back control of your own care.

Excellent back surgery advice from a highly credible source. I’ll definitely be buying his book, and no doubt citing it as well. See “If I Were Your Spine Surgeon ….”

(And what you mainly need to know about chronic pain is that it’s weird. See Pain is Weird: Pain science reveals a volatile, misleading sensation that comes entirely from an overprotective brain, not our tissues.)

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