We often receive letters from hard-working clinicians and pain sufferers on their journeys. Recently, we were sent this lovely reflection by a clinician Dianna Howell that we wanted to share.
“This week, I have had the opportunity to re-acquaint myself with one of Australia’s leading Climate Scientists. Whilst undertaking an initial assessment to get the details of a recent injury, we visited the subject of her work.
She told me tearfully that it has been extremely difficult. She spends many hours attending meetings, conferences and media events all over the world attempting to educate people on the pending climate catastrophy. She told me about her fatigue and growing disillusionment and how difficult it is to keep going in the face of so much ambivalence by governments for anything to be different and take any action.
It was not until later that I reflected on this further. Working as a clinician in the area of persistent pain, my experience is not unlike her experience. In fact, I would go so far as to say that our efforts to integrate pain science and pain education/ rehabilitation approach into mainstream medical and societal acceptance is facing similar challenges. We know the science, we know that by implementing a educative and enablement approach that people with pain can live better lives and even recover.
Every day I engage with doctors, surgeons, insurers, rehab providers where I am having to educate and reason with them about the benefits of a different (pain education) approach with considerable effort and often resistance. Closer to the end of my career than the beginning, I hope that things will be different for clinicians working in the area of pain in the future. As I hope for a groundswell of action on climate change. The crusade continues.”
Dianna’s letter resonated with me, as I’m sure it would with many others. The frustration of slow uptake of pain education in the medical community and society as a whole, can sometimes wear on you, even when your individual clients are making progress in leaps and bounds.
Do you relate to this slow and at times frustrating progression? How do you maintain positivity and gusto during these times?
– Hayey Leake
Dianna Howell is a physiotherapist and co-director of Active Recovery in Canberra, Australia. Over her 30 years as a practising clinician she has experienced the necessity to progress in line with evidence based practice and neuroscience. When she’s not in the clinic, you’ll likely find her cheering on the Wallabies (much to the astonishment of her New Zealand hometown friends).
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