Pain, Pain, the Insistence of Pain

August 11, 2014 4:36 PM

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Pain, Pain, the Insistence of Pain

Our psychiatry consult team had been called to the bedside of a man who, after a grueling lumbar spinal surgery, was refusing to partake in physical therapy on account of severe pain.

We understand that he's in a lot of pain, but there's great evidence that early PT leads to faster recovery, the aggrieved surgical intern told us. Psychiatry was consulted to see whether there was a component of anxiety that could explain his reluctance to participate.

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