When it comes to prescribing narcotic pain medications, I'm shocked when I recount how different things are now compared to when I was in my training. On two occasions in the past year , I received a call from the coroner telling me that my patient has overdosed on pain medication.
I treated a professional tennis player, let’s call him Alex. He was dogged by persistent back pain. Despite undergoing the best strengthening regimen the USTA could offer, we tested his back strength and he was significantly weaker than the general population.
I just came across a Tumblr video regarding how to overcome fear, made by Brendon Burchard, a widely followed high performance coach and personal development trainer. I felt this was very apropos for patients suffering from chronic back and neck pain, and who haven’t taken control of their condition.
“My body is falling apart” I thought to myself! It was the beginning of September 2015 and I had just returned from a routine Hawk Hill bike ride, which I had previously done more than 50 times without pain. I was starting to sniffle, but more worrisome was a…