Chronic Pain Talk & Thoughts

CF 237: Chronic Pain Talk & Thoughts Today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite topics; Chronic Pain.  But first, here’s that sweet sweet bumper music

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You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #237 Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about how You Are What You Eat & Screen Time For Kids. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class. 

 the personal end of things…..

I just don’t have a lot to report on the personal end of things. We’re a little slower lately. I think it’s because gas prices are sky freaking high and you have to take out a small loan just to fill up your vehicle. I think it’s depressing for a lot of folks.  Any time there is confusion or uncertainty with the economy, people pull back. Understandably. Unfortunately, many see chiropractic as an extra and when people are trimming the budget, chiropractic, and healthcare in general, get trimmed and we take a hit.  I think that’s what’s up right now.

I’ve talked to a couple of my colleagues in the Dallas area and there are feeling the same dial-back in business. I am used to about 45-50 on a Monday. This week, we have 35. I don’t dig it. Especially when I know I’m marketing and doing the smart stuff. It’s discouraging.  But, at the end of the day, there are things out of our control, and rolling with the flow is all we can do. Be moral, ethical, honest, loving, evidence-based, and patient-centered, and treat people right. That’s what good and successful practices should consist of. Those build the base, the foundation of big things in life and in business. 

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Item #1

This one is called “Manual physical therapy for chronic pain: the complex whole is greater than the sum of its parts” by Coronado et. al. and published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2017.  They say that “Manual physical therapists can effectively treat patients with chronic pain and other musculoskeletal disorders; however, the field is at a crossroads. The traditional approach to manual therapy assumes that proper technique selection and precise implementation is the primary driver of a successful outcome.  In this view, the resultant outcomes are directly attributed to the applied intervention. 

They go on, “We propose manual physical therapists will only be recognized as ideal providers for individuals with chronic pain if we accept an updated paradigm acknowledging the complexity of the manual physical therapy experience and accept the robustness of varying contextual elements inherent in our interactions. For some clinicians, this will require a revolutionary shift in their perception of the development, maintenance, and modulation of pain “

You may have heard me say that I’m teaching a 2-hour course called “Chronic Pain And The Upregulated CNS” and this paradigm shift isn’t anywhere near where it will need to be. The information I’m teaching is brand new to 90% of the providers from my experience.  “Pain is an experience orchestrated by dynamic sensory, cognitive, and affective processes and is strongly influenced by patient’s expectations (AKA Yellow Flags), mood, desires, and past experiences.

Limiting pain perception to a peripheral impairment is outdated and a more comprehensive, albeit complex, approach to manual therapy accounts for a myriad of interacting factors impacting chronic pain outcomes” “A comprehensive approach acknowledges the impact of patient and therapist factors, which not only include personal and condition-specific patient characteristics, but also the cultural biases, beliefs, and experiences of both the patient and therapist” “Additionally, this view acknowledges the interaction between patient and manual physical therapist, which may yield important outcome contributions, either directly (as in….what techniques we use) or indirectly (like addressing the yellow flags).” “Finally, this approach acknowledges the integration of targeted adjunct interventions such as psychosocial strategies and exercise that may (1) enhance the effectiveness of manual therapy for reducing the impact of pain, and/or (2) promote and maintain positive behavioral change”

We know that when people are sedentary, they have deeper depression, pain, and anxiety. Sleep issues and mood disorders. This is well-researched. On the other hand that movement and exercise reverse these things. Less depression, less anxiety, more fitness, better sleep, and less pain as the CNS becomes more comfortable with the movement and becomes more and more functional. 

Pain signals and signals of all sorts run through a filter before they are felt…..or not felt at all. That filter can amplify the signals or dampen them. It’s no longer a straight biomedical view we take. It’s the biopsychosocial construct we use to approach pain now and if we only look at the bio part, we are cheating our patients out of 2/3 of the effectiveness we could have for them.  In the end, if your CNS thinks it should hurt, it will. Regardless of whether there is tissue pathology or not. On the other hand, if your tissue is completely jacked up but the CNS determines there is no danger or threat, it will not hurt. Moseley and Butler lay it out straight like that in their book called Explain Pain. 

They say it’s as simple and as difficult as that. 

Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen. Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week. 


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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you can’t beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots. When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few. It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient. And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!

Key Point:

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints…. That’s Chiropractic!


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Dr. Jeff Williams – Fellow of the International Academy of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine (FIANM) and Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Professionals (DABFP) – Chiropractor in Amarillo, TX, Chiropractic Advocate, Author, Entrepreneur, Educator, Businessman, Marketer, and Healthcare Blogger & Vlogger