Review – Explain Pain

Right now, I am at a point in my recovery where pain is my primary focus. My motor abilities are improving day by day, but the pain… that nagging, ever present pain… that is my primary concern. I have recently started seeing a physiatrist (if you don’t know what a physiatrist is, don’t feel bad – a month ago, neither did I), and the physiatrist has sent me back to physical therapy, but this time instead of working on balance and movement, we are working on reducing my pain levels. On my second visit, the physical therapist handed a book to me. She told me that she thought it might help me to understand my pain. The name of the book was Explain Pain


The book was written by Drs. David Butler and Lorimer Moseley from the University of South Australia. According to the University’s website, Dr. Moseley is a Pain Scientist with a background in physiotherapy, neuroscience and psychophysiology. Dr. Butler is the Director of the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute.

The book, which sells for a shocking $94.22 on, summarizes research from a number of different fields to provide patients with an understanding of factors that influence their pain levels. They manage to do this with very little jargon, so people with limited understanding of human biology can follow along. Despite the simple explanations, they also succeed in not talking down to the reader.

While I think that this book can provide SCT patients with a better understanding of their pain, and by extension a better perspective from which to manage their pain, I do not think it is worth close to $100! If you can find it used or borrow a copy from a local library, I would definitely say it is worth a read.

They have another book, The Explain Pain Handbook, which is $36.10 on I think I might give it a try. It is supposed to be a more hands-on guide to help patients take control of their pain using techniques that are based on the research that was presented in Explain Pain.

Have you read either of these books? If so, I would love to hear what you thought about them. Have you read any other good books on pain management?


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