If you are suffering from persistent or chronic pain, gather practical perspective from this pain training and conversation from a physician, physical therapist, and chronic-pain-patient-turned pain nurse. You will have a bird's eye view and understand rational considerations before choosing risky and expensive procedures. Recording during a live event, this pain training and Q&A sessions were a huge success as evidenced by the testimonials. Everyone felt they should know this information before having things done to their body in the name of pain.
Disclaimer: This educational training does not constitute a physician/clinician-patient relationship. The perspective is intended to help you gain a better understanding of any future interactions with health professionals or when confronted with pain. Please be evaluated by a medical or health professional if you have any significant health concerns.
Dr. Melissa Cady & Guests (Mark Milligan, DPT & Jonathan Haag, RN)
MORE ABOUT MELISSA CADY, DO
Dr. Cady is a physician trained in an osteopathic medical school followed by allopathic postgraduate training in general surgery, internal medicine, anesthesiology, and pain medicine. Dr. Cady is currently board-certified in anesthesiology and fellowship-trained with a board certification in pain medicine. A native Texan, she currently practices anesthesiology part-time in Austin, Texas. However, Dr. Cady had reservations of joining traditional pain practices in light of the current medical system model and her own convictions of how pain should be managed. Chronic pain is an issue that is near and dear to her, not just as a physician, but as a patient as well. Her own experiences with low back pain in combination with her diverse medical background has equipped her with a set of skills and invaluable perspective. That knowledge has enabled her to manage her own pain more effectively without the need for medications, injections, or surgery. Acknowledging that medical interventions have their time and place, Dr. Cady believes strongly that education is essential for chronic pain patients. In fact, her initial desire to become an author originated from the realization that one of the greatest needs within the medical system is education, which is undervalued, underpaid, and therefore, under-delivered. Whether educating the general public in a book or online, Dr. Cady wants to empower and direct people toward better choices and less pain while avoiding unnecessary medical interventions. Known as the “Challenge Doctor,” Dr. Cady is driven to champion the cause of living the antiPAIN Lifestyle and minimizing the current PAINDEMIC® that is so rampant today. With the help of social media, her dream is to deliver information that empowers and guides more people than she could possibly do in the current medical system’s flawed model. Dr. Cady’s mission has extended into creating a community for those who suffer or are challenged by pain, PainOutLoud.com. By hearing healing stories from those who have found a way to feel better and by learning from the myriad of pain professionals who are staunch patient advocates, it is her deepest desire that they find some direction, assistance, and hope for less pain and more joy in life.
MORE ABOUT MARK MILLIGAN, DPT
Dr. Milligan is an orthopedic manual therapist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and spinal conditions, both acute and chronic, and is Board Certified in Orthopedics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. He is also a certified in Dry Needling, Applied Prevention and Health Promotion, and is a Therapeutic Pain Specialist as a member in the first cohort of the International Spine and Pain Institute Pain Specialists Certification. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He went on to complete an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency and Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship with Evidence in Motion (EIM). He is a full-time clinician and owner of Revolution Human Physical Therapy and Education, a private, cash-based, concierge physical therapy and wellness practice and education company in Austin, Texas. His education company specializes in micro-education courses specifically tailored to the needs of the professionals including manual therapy, dry needling, spinal manipulation, and clinical reasoning. He is also a physical therapist with Encompass Home Health in Austin, Texas. Dr. Milligan serves as adjunct faculty for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs at South College and The University of St. Augustine. Dr. Milligan is also primary faculty for Trigger Point Dry Needling Courses and Musculoskeletal Courses for EIM. Mark has presented at numerous state and national conferences and has been published in peer reviewed journals. He is an active member of the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA), APTA, and AAOMPT and is currently the Capital Area District Chair for the TPTA and has great interest in population health and governmental affairs.
MORE ABOUT JONATHAN HAAG, RN
Jonathan Haag has been a chronic pain patient for over 20 years with a condition known as CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome) or previously referred to as RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy). Through his difficult and inspiring journey, he found a genuinely strong conviction to help those suffering from the same affliction. That is when he chose to pursue a nursing degree with great success and now he works in San Antonio alongside one of the physicians who helped him on his journey. Here is some of his story (in his words): "In Nov of 1994 while serving on active duty in the US Air Force as a crew chief, I had to have surgery on my left foot. This surgery was to repair the alignment of my bones in my foot that had been injured from coming off a ladder while working on an airplane and from the boots being made incorrectly. The procedure was supposed to be a very simple surgery that should have taken about 45 mins. I woke up after a 3 ½ hour surgery from the pain in my left foot. I was screaming in pain. My left foot felt like it was on fire and the pain was way out of the ordinary for the surgery I had just had. The doctor and the nurse thought that maybe it was the heat from the soft cast setting causing the pain. They immediately took off the soft cast and my foot was still in horrible pain. After a few hours in recovery the foot calmed down some and they sent me home. I was to follow up in a couple of weeks and get the hard cast put on. I had the hard cast put on and thought in six more weeks all would be good, yet I was still having the strange burning and now crushing type pain in my foot. After my foot wasn’t healing right and being in the hard cast for a total of 13 weeks, my foot finally healed up so the cast could be removed. My foot continued to hurt very bad and would turn a bright, shiny red and burn like I had a very bad steam burn. The doctor at the time was starting to get concerned and did some tests. Nothing showed up on the bone scans she did. I was then finally sent to a pain doctor at Lackland Air Force Base. He told me that I had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. He explained to me a little what it was and that I needed to come back for immediate treatment. He sent the note to the surgeon, who should have set up the appointment for follow-up intensive treatment, unfortunately the surgeon never sent me back. At the time I was only 20 years old, about to turn 21. I did recover somewhat after a few more months. I was still having the bone crushing, throbbing type pain and the burning pain wasn’t as bad. I had to get out of the Air Force however due to this injury..." Hear more of his story within the PAINDEMIC Revisited recording.