I have been writing off and on about pain for a while and trying to get the word out in our community about the new thinking in pain science, why pain experiences occur, and how physical therapists can help people become empowered and live better lives whether by reducing there pain or managing it better.
In talking with people in the community at large, medical practitioners, and other health and wellness people, I have come to realize what a huge job we have in getting people and the world in general to reconceptualize pain. Tightly held beliefs, fears of not being listened to, and a large shift in perspective are all obstacles to overcome. Of course we see this everyday in any kind of large change.
So today I am doing a one question survey..Just answer in the comments for anyone who works with people in pain or is having pain.
What is your biggest frustration in working within the medical system if you are healthcare provider when dealing with people with chronic pain? And if you are a person with long term pain what is your frustration with the system?
I will start the 1st response.
My frustration is how few people in our current system can get past there compartmentalized box of their specialty and treat a person as a whole person, and not a back or knee or a pain patient. Having empathy and being able to relate a person’s history, and experience and overall physical and emotional state to their pain problem seems to be lacking.
I look forward to hearing some more responses.