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The Truth About Pain Management | Dr. David Gazzaniga

The Truth About Pain Management | Dr. David Gazzaniga

#46 Dr. David Gazzaniga on The Truth About Pain Management

According to the CDC, 128 Americans overdose on opioids every day. And millions more are addicted. When you go to the doctor seeking pain relief, you expect what you get to be safe and effective. But the truth is, in many cases, prescription pain medication is neither. So what are the alternative options for pain management?


Dr. David Gazzaniga has treated some of the most powerful athletes in the world.

Dr. David is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, specifically sports-related injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He grew up in Orange County, California, and left to play football for Dartmouth College. He continued at Dartmouth for medical school. His career in sports medicine started as serving as a team doctor for the New York Jets. Today, Dr. Gazzaniga is the Head Team Physician for the LA Chargers.

In this episode,

David and I discuss how treating sports injuries in football players is inherently tricky, due to their sheer power and force. These big NFL guys experience pain differently than we do, believe me. But even giant sports heroes feel pain, and they seek the advice of experts like Dr. Gazzaniga when doing so. This is where things get interesting.

David is ever-aware of the dangers of opioids. And in this episode, he gets into the concerns he has about pain management procedures in his industry. Dr.Gazzaniga wants things to change, and he’s at the forefront of studies and research that could do just that soon. Among the pain management solutions we discuss, CBD is a big one.

The doc breaks down just how CBD works in the human body, and why it’s not as readily available as it should be. He fills me in on some of the ways the NFL is changing their approach to pain management. And we talk about why we all need to be more aware of what causes pain, and how we can effectively manage it in healthy, safe ways. This is a good one, guys. If you’re curious about CBD, or just want to learn some cool stuff from a cool doctor, tune in.

In this episode:
  • Why Dr. David considers orthopedic surgery “carpentry”
  • The massive power of NFL players
  • My own run-in with NFL power
  • “Alternative” pain management options
  • The power of hydration
  • The misleading “studies” on CBD
  • Why managing expectations pre-surgery is so important
  • The scary statistics on opioid addiction
  • The counterproductive effects of pain pills doctors don’t tell you about
  • How CBD could change our approach to pain management in the future

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