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Road to Recovery
Understanding the cause of pain and the
treatment options is crucial, and it can bring
better results. Dr. Gypson explains: " Once
the patient knows what is happening,
what the expected recovery and
outcomes are, and even some
of the potential obstacles,
they have a good road
map for recovery. Th is
knowledge is what oſt en
brings hope. "
Hope is vital, and so
is affi rming a person's
ability to make decisions.
Dr. Gypson says
all of a person's treatment
plan is selfdirected,
all of the time. " Th ey are
always in charge of their own health, "
he says. " Once the patient has an understanding
about what is happening, they must
be given options so that they can decide.
Oſt en patients ask me, 'What would you do?'
I am never able to answer this. I let them
know that everyone is diff erent and only they
are experiencing what is happening to them.
So they are in the best position to choose
what they want to happen.
" Some patients want pain gone as quickly
as possible and may opt for an aggressive
approach, " Dr. Gypson adds. " Some may
want to try all the least invasive treatments
fi rst. Th ere are others who are not as focused
on treating the pain but just want to know
what is causing it. My job is to make sure they
have the tools they need to make the decision
for themselves. "
A true desire to get better is also key to overcoming
chronic pain. " Humans are complex, "
Dr. Gypson says. " Along with pain sensation,
there is always an emotional/psychological
component. In some circumstances, pain may
be providing a needed benefi t-like avoiding
a stressful, toxic work environment, or getting
attention and support from friends or family.
In these situations, pain psychologists are very
important. Th e emotional aspect of the pain
needs to be addressed in order to have the
best outcome. " *
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