Dr Hanscom is an orthopaedic complex spinal deformity surgeon who was based in Seattle, WA for over 32 years, but what lead me to find his work and made me instantly attracted to his approach is that he decided to give up his surgical practice in 2019 to focus solely on teaching patients and chronic back pain sufferers how to heal themselves from chronic mental and physical pain without surgery. Throughout his career as a surgeon, he witnesses first-hand just how desperate people were to heal their pain that they underwent risky, potentially unsuccessful surgeries as a sort of last resort desperation.
Many of his patients have very severe cases or have indeed already undergone spine surgeries for conditions such as disc degeneration, spinal fusion and herniated / bulging discs.
Like most of us sharing this message of mind-body healing, Dr Hanscom's decision to change the trajectory of his career came from his own 15-year ordeal of suffering from severe chronic pain. As he learned more about the mind-body connection and the role that a dysregulated nervous system plays in creating pain in the body he started to create an alternative recovery map for his patients, to guide them through understanding and healing from chronic back pain.
The solution to chronic pain lies in increasing a person’s ability to cope with stress and also in finding out how to address it and process it so it has much less of an impact on the nervous system. By addressing chronic conditions in this way he has seen thousands of patients break free from their chronic pain, even those that did have surgery.
Dr Hanscom's mission is to really introduce true healing into medicine a truly rewarding phase of his long medical/surgical career. To present an actual CURE for chronic pain, not just a top-level look at symptom treatment and management - by understanding the connection of the WHOLE patient, top to bottom inside and out with all life experiences included.
All Dr Hanscom's main resource links can be found at the top of this page in the linked icons. But here is a brief run-down of some of his amazing resources and appearances:
Dr Hanscom is a celebrated author of Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain and Do you Really Need Spine Surgery: Take Control With a Surgeon’s Advice.
He hosts a guided course for chronic pain patients called: The DOC (Direct your Own Care) Journey.
He presents regular live videos with mind-body experts on his Facebook page
His radio show/podcast is jam-packed with invaluable information
There are many features and interviews he has given on other mind-body focused podcasts also, such as The Mind & Fitness Podcast with Eddy Lindenstein, and Crushing Doubt with Dr Dan Ratner and Like Mind Like Body by the Curable health app.
He is also regularly featured in Psychology Today, and many other published mediums.
Thank you Dr Hanscom for your incredible work in this field, and for giving so many people hope and healing!
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