There is a lot of crap on the net, particularly around the topic of pain. We are always looking for good reads for patients. We think this is a good one as it covers one of the most common complaints – “they said surgery would fix my back but its worse than ever”. The article focusses on a back pain boot camp run by Dr James Rainville. It is clear that the camp also includes a lot of education linked with fear reduction. The article also contains one of the best explanatory metaphors I have ever heard. Rainville said to a patient with chronic pain- “you are worshipping the volcano god of pain” . Read Rainville’s explanation here - I am borrowing the metaphor for sure.
- David Butler