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Dr. Joe Tatta: Why Can't We Just Turn Pain Off?

Mar 28, 2021

Dr. Melissa Cady discusses Dr. Joe Tatta's journey as a physical therapist while acquiring additional training as a nutritionist and pain educator. They also discuss why it can be so difficult to help those challenged by pain.


01:00 Joe’s background and training

04:00 Why the nutrition training

06:15 What he has learned about the online pain experiment

08:25 We do not have enough clinicians to help people with pain

09:10 Education is not alone to create behavior change

10:55 How to help patients with behavior change

15:00 His experience with patients who have tried “everything”

16:00 Admitting that a clinician may not be able to change a patient’s pain

17:00 Be curious

18:00 Controlling, eliminating, or avoiding pain

20:40 Live Life to help pain (vs. holding off life to eliminate pain first)

23:00 Creative hopelessness activity

25:15 You can’t just turn off anger or other emotions like a switch; similar to pain

26:20 Negative effects of not...

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Apr 09, 2020

"Two physicians unleashing the truths, evils and hope for a world with less pain amid the stress and challenges of human life."

I just wanted to share the beginning of the PAINDORA Podcast, featuring myself and Dr. Kevin Cuccaro. Dr. Cuccaro and I have several things in common including our training as anesthesiologists and as fellowship-trained pain medicine physicians. Beyond that, we also chose not to join traditional pain practices. We may have come to that decision at different times in our careers, but we both realized that there are healthier and more effective ways to help those in pain.

We intentionally played on the word Pandora, as in Pandora's box or jar. Most people recall that the Greek myth relates to the release of evils, which in some ways relates to the dangers we inflict on those in pain in the current medical system.

However, the last thing that remains in Pandora's box that was initially not released was Hope, which is exactly what we intend to...

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Straight Shot Health Interviews Curable App Founder

Jul 20, 2019

Very insightful interview by Dr. Kevin Cuccaro with Straight Shot Health, who was trained as an anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician. Dr. Cuccaro interviews John Gribbin, who is the CEO of the pain-related Curable app.

Listen to this interview to learn more about the CEO's personal pain journey, which led to his influence in helping others with their own pain and the eventual development of the low-cost, science Curable app for those with pain.




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Dr. Cady Interviewed by Dr. David Hanscom

Mar 20, 2019

Listen to the 1st of the two interviews here.

Listen to the 2nd of the two interviews here.

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Dr. Cady Interviewed by Dr. Kevin Cuccaro at Straight Shot Health

Jan 13, 2019

You can listen to Dr. Cady being interviewed by Dr. Kevin Cuccaro with Straight Shot Health here.

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Educational Video on Persistent Pain from Providence Health

Nov 25, 2018

Rethinking Pain...a case study and brief education on persistent pain from Providence Health & Services in Oregon.

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Pelvic Discomfort Addressed by Primary Physician with the McKenzie Method

Aug 19, 2017

Although this may seem unrelated, there are times when pain can be referred to other areas of the body; similar to how heart issues can refer to the arm. Listen to how this family physician, who supplemented his training with the McKenzie Method of Assessment and Treatment, approaches this female with lower burning pelvic pain:


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Pain Reframed Podcast Interviews Dr. Melissa Cady

Aug 17, 2017

Listen to Physical Therapists Tim Flynn & Jeff Moore, who host the Pain Reframed Podcast, interview Dr. Melissa Cady, regarding this country's PAINDEMIC and different approaches of addressing it.

Pain Reframed Podcast Interviewing Dr. Melissa Cady

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Your Pain Symptom Does Not Equal Cookie-Cutter Treatment

Jul 02, 2017

A common misperception by many in society is that what helped one person with a certain symptom should help another. However, a symptom can be due to many different reasons. For instance, if someone has nausea, this could be because they are pregnant, ate contaminated food, cancer, just took a medication, saw something repulsive, indigestion, low blood pressure, and so on. That one symptom could be brief, intermittent, or long-term depending on the true nature or cause of the nausea. It can range because each human has different complexities or sensitivities to situations that are unique to him or her.

Let’s say someone had nausea. Anti-nausea medicine could be given to most people for the symptom. However, if the nauseated person was experiencing a rapid drop in blood pressure from a procedure such as a spinal for labor pain, then treating the low blood pressure with fluids or medication makes more sense to address the cause versus treating the symptoms. By just treating the...

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