People tend to think that having no pain is normal when in fact, having a little is. While that is the case, there are still some ways that can help us manage pain. Talking about effective strategies for pain management is Dr. David Cosio. He is a pain psychologist in the Pain Clinic and interdisciplinary pain program at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. He earned his PhD from Ohio University with a specialization in Health Psychology. Starting with his journey, he shares how he got involved in health psychology and then into pain management. He explains the difference between a health psychologist and a clinical psychologist. Having both backgrounds, he gives a holistic look into pain—taking into consideration the environmental aspects as well. He gives us a peek into his book, Pain Relief: Managing Chronic Pain Through Traditional, Holistic, and Eastern practices, by talking about the concept of a fifth vital sign. He shares as well pain education and the future of chronic pain in the VA.
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