Pain causes more disability than cancer and heart disease combined. In this “age of information” we remain short sighted to the richness of our spiritual traditions. Treatments for pain are usually horizontal-medications, injections,and surgery. Helping pain suffers find their spiritual kernel is a powerful vertical building block in treatment.
The four major types of pain well be presented and the treatment modalities will be discussed. Treating the Total Pain Experience at its core involves acknowledging and supporting spiritual pathways.What is the Pain Paradox? We fear that the pain we are experiencing may sink us but this may be the beginning of the pathway from resignation to renewal.
Erv Hinds, MD, has been practicing medicine for over forty years in many different capacities. He is currently affiliated with Santa Fe Pain and Spine Center. Dr. Hinds is the author of A Life Larger Than Pain, a book that explores the interrelation of mind, body and spirit and the crucial role of spirituality in breaking the cycle of pain and integrating it within a larger life. He is a practicing Quaker. His book was written by the banks of the West Fork of the San Juan River where he and his three children established a three farm at the foot of Wolf Creek Pass Colorado. www.ervhinds.com