Back in Control: A Surgeon's Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain, 2nd Edition

by David Hanscom

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ISBN-13: 9780988272996
Publisher: Vertus Press
Publication date: 11/18/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 93,681
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Hanscom, MD is a renowned spine surgeon of 30 years. His revolutionary approach to treating chronic pain has helped hundreds of patients live pain-free. His pioneering book, Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain, showed chronic pain sufferers how to quiet a turbocharged central nervous system, relieve the anxiety and depression that often accompany chronic pain, and make a full recovery. His much-awaited follow up book, Do You Really Need Spine Surgery? is being published in 2019. Dr. Hanscom is a frequent guest on TV and radio programs, a regular contributor to Psychology Today, and a sought after speaker at medical conferences around the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword Mark Owens xiii

Introduction 1

Section 1 Descent into the Abyss

Chapter 1 The Pathway into Chronic Pain 13

The Neurophysiological Basis of Chronic Pain

Anxiety, Power, and Bullying

Year Personal Brain Scanner

Descent into the Abyss-An Overview

Chapter 2 The Source of Your Pain 29

Classification of Pain Sources

Tissues-Structural Sources

Tissues-Non-Structural Sources

Degenerative Disc Disease

Central Nervous System-Neurophysiologic Disorder (NPD)

Chapter 3 Imbedding Pain Pathways 49

Pain Sensitization

Memorization of Neurological Circuits

Pain Pathways

Feeding Repetitive Negative Thoughts

Suffering

Suppressing

Masking

Chapter 4 The Modifiers-Sleep and Anxiety 67

Sleep

The Creation of Anxiety

The Natural Progression of Anxiety

Societal Reinforcement of Anxiety

Cultural Programming

The Myth of Self-Esteem

Coping with Anxiety

Chapter 5 The Ultimate Modifier-Anger 89

The Genealogy of Anger

The Abyss

Needing Validation

Disguising Your Anger

Remaining a Victim

Being a Perfectionist

Losing Hope

Section 2 Doc Principles

Chapter 6 Processing Stress 111

The Terrifying Triad

Situational Stress

Principles of Dealing with Stress

Two Aspects of Managing Stress

The Effect of Stress on Pain

Chapter 7 Awareness 125

Defining Awareness

Unawareness and Abuse

Four Levels of Unawareness

Putting the Awareness Model to Work

Chapter 8 Stimulating Your Brain to Change-Neuroplasticity 149

Your Programming

Facilitating Neuroplasticity

Decreasing the Stress Chemicals

Forming New Pathways

Section 3 Your Roadmap Out of Pain

Chapter 9 Embarking on Your Journey 169

The Variables

Overview of the Process

The Paradoxes of Resolving Pain

Flawed Strategies

Chapter 10 Stage 1-Laying the Foundation 183

Step 1 Learn About What's Affecting Your Pain (Awareness)

Step 2 Begin Expressive Writing (Awareness and Separation)

Step 3 Practice Active Meditation (Reprogramming)

Step 4 Don't Share Your Pain (Reprogramming)

Step 5 Sleep (Reprogramming)

Chapter 11 Stage 2-Forgiveness and Play 195

Reactive vs. Creative

Steps to Reconnecting with Your Creativity

Awareness

Separation

Reprogramming

Chapter 12 Stage 3-Moving Forward 211

Step 1 Commit to a Daily Practice

Step 2 Create a Safe Haven-Family

Step 3 Get Organized

Step 4 Connect with the Life You Want

Step 5 Your Vision-Ask Three Questions

Chapter 13 Stage 4-Expanding Your Consciousness 223

Step 1 Pass Through the Ring of Fire

Step 2 Step into Your New Life

Step 3 Fail Well

Step 4 Look Up-Your Spiritual Journey

Step 5 Give Back

Section 4 Continuing Your Journey

Chapter 14 Sleep 237

Sleep Hygiene

Bedtime Stress Management

Exercise

Over-the-Counter Sleep Medications

Prescription Sleep Medications

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Childhood Trauma

Sleep Disorders

Chapter 15 Medication and Chronic Pain 249

Medication Overview

Narcotics

Non-Narcotics

Decreasing Anxiety

Sleep

Drugs that Directly Affect the Nervous System

Depression

Chapter 16 Effective Rehabilitation 257

Begin with a Calm Nervous System

Choose Effective Physical Therapy

Assessment

Education

Advanced Soft Tissue and Joint Mobilization Work

Specific and Functional Therapeutic Exercise

Long-Term Conditioning

Chapter 17 Expanding Your Horizon 275

Nurturing Gratitude

Reading History

Exploring a Spiritual Path

Active Self-Discovery

Connecting with Others

Appendices

Appendix A Do You Really Need Surgery? 285

Surgical Nightmares

"Prehab"

Flawed Studies

A Careful Study

Putting Myself Out of Business

A Final Word

Appendix B Self-Inventory Template 303

Overview of Self Today

Where Do I Want to Be in Five Years?

Action Plan for This Year

Acknowledgments 305

Glossary 307

References 317

Recommended Reading 327

Helpful Organizations 329

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