Take control and involve yourself completely in the treatment of patients in your private practice who suffer from multiple health issues!
Last time, we talked about how to best help patients who present with multiple health issues. So, what are the third and final pieces?
Third – Explain The Healing Process for their multiple health issues
Take it for granted that no one before you has really explained the physical causes of their pain and/or loss of sensation—at least not in a way they could understand. All they know is that they’re in pain.
Neuropathy and chronic pain patients very often don’t understand their suffering, because nobody ever took the time to explain the basics. And this is even more true for patients who’ve been treated in large institutions!
For example, we suggest that you use multimedia tools. I’ll often use simple diagrams, aided by powerful interactive software, to demonstrate that nerve cells’ deprivation of oxygen causes them to shrink, widening the synaptic junction between the nerves, and preventing the impulses from reaching from one nerve to the next.
Break it down into terms they can understand: “Picture a motorcycle trying to jump from one side of the Grand Canyon to the other. There is virtually no way it will make it to the other side. That’s the same with nerve impulses trying to reach from one nerve to the next when the synaptic junction is enlarged.“
Tell your patient that effective chronic pain care may help restore neurologic function, even where other systems have failed. Often, you can explain to them that your treatments are like building a bridge back across the Canyon—and that, like a bridge under construction, this is not going to happen overnight.
The Final Caveat
Your patients have been through a lot. They want to finally be free from pain. They want their lives back!
But they must completely understand the process, game plan, and their responsibilities in recovery.
You must take control, fully assess their intentions from the outset, and involve yourself completely in their treatment.
And then watch your referrals and private practice revenues growing every week.
It’s a win for everyone involved.
I wish you the best along your journeys!
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