👂🏽Listen, patients these days are spoon fed FEAR from most healthcare professionals and social media. Rather than take into account that the PERSON in front of them is a HUMAN, or better yet, an ORGANISM within an ECOSYSTEM, they talk to them as if they are their MRI/X-Ray/Symptom(s)/etc.
💥Patient expectations may shape their PAIN EXPERIENCE. 💥If they are expecting a terrible outcome, chances are... They will have a terrible experience.
✅We cannot forget how important it is to REASSURE the HUMAN/ORGANISM.
✅We are more than our images.
✅We have thoughts, feelings, emotions, memories, stress, anxiety, nutrition, hormones, etc that all have an intimate relationship with PAIN.
💥We are not brittle human beings, we are complex organisms that require more than an image to “treat” PAIN.
🔥YOU might be the first professional to offer REASSURANCE to the patient. Take advantage of this.
Atlas, L. Y., & Wager, T. D. (2012). How expectations shape pain. Neuroscience Letters, 520(2), 140-148. doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2012.03.039
Nickel, B., Barratt, A., Copp, T., Moynihan, R., & Mccaffery, K. (2017). Words do matter: a systematic review on how different terminology for the same condition influences management preferences. BMJ Open, 7(7). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014129
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