Go Pain Free and
Take Back Control of Your Life!

In Back in Control, Dr. Hanscom focuses on an aspect of chronic pain that the medical world has largely overlooked: you must calm your nervous system in order to get better. Beyond any other book about pain, Back in Control reveals how to quiet a turbocharged central nervous system and make a full recovery. His life-changing system has helped thousands of his patients heal their pain. These patients’ stories, as well as his own, show that you can take charge of your care and set yourself on the road to a healthy, rich, and full life.


Read the Experts’ Praise for
Back in Control

“Back in Control represents an innovative approach to chronic back pain delivered by an extraordinary spine surgeon…. No one should contemplate back surgery without first reading this book, as a cure may be closer than you think.”

-Howard Schubiner, M.D. Author of Unlearn Your Pain

“Dr. Hanscom is a top Seattle spine surgeon who truly understands the how and why of back pain and sciatica….If your back’s been hurting, this is the next book you should read”

- David Tauben, M.D. Medical Director, University of Washington Center for Pain Relief.

“I have the good fortune to work closely with Dr. Hanscom and his ideas have changed my approach to chronic pain.”

- Joel Konikow, MD, Swedish Hospital Pain and Headache Center

“Back in Control is an excellent resource for those experiencing back pain. It clearly shows how unregulated emotion and stress contribute to physical pain. Dr. Hanscom is a top-notch surgeon who also has a deep understanding of the mind body connection.”

- Frederic Luskin, Ph.D. Director Wellness Education, Stanford University, Author of Forgive For Good

“I have been treating patients with chronic pain for over 25 years. Since I have been working with David I have never seen patients experience such a decrease in their pain and improvement in their overall quality of life.”

- Suzanne Lacross, PhD Pain Psychologist

“As a society, we want (and need) specialists who limit their practice to a specific body part or system. But we also need them to treat patients as whole people. An orthopedist like Dr. Hanscom who is alert to psychosocial issues and attends to them is many people’s dream of a wonderful doctor.”

- Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH, President of Webility Corporation, Designer of Maze-Masters

See What Patients Are Saying About the Book

“Just learning more about spine surgery and the different options for dealing with pain was very helpful and literally made my back feel better. Dr Hanscom has a lot of credibility with me because he’s undergone back surgery himself and also experienced many of the same things I’ve struggled with such as anger, victimhood, and anxiety. I am working on these issues and will continue to do so.”

- D. I., successful lumbar surgery patient

“Thank you so much for everything you have done for me over the past four years. You have been the closest thing to a therapist that I have ever had. This process has treated my ongoing chronic muscle and nerve pain as well as my stress and emotional issues as much or more than the surgery you performed four years ago. You renewed my faith in the medical profession and have given me hope that your concepts will continue to help others and me. I will take all you have taught me and continue to change my life for the better.”

- I.L., patient whose persistence over four years solved her chronic pain

“Hi Dr. Hanscom … Back In Control program seems to have worked for me. My lower back and leg pain has disappeared and I’m a firm believer in the process, especially the concept that anxiety is the driver of tension and pain in many cases.”

- K.T., pre-law student who was forced to drop out of law school due to pain. He is now pursuing pre-med.

“I am grateful that you were my person/surgeon and that you simply cared enough to dig deeper into the healing process and give me the information that I needed at the right time to truly help complete the process… sometimes just giving patients permission to ‘be where they are’ is healing… especially those of us that manage to put enough pressure on

- T.N., physical therapist who worked for a year to eventually complete her healing after a lumbar decompressive surgery

“This book has relevance for anyone with chronic pain, not just those with back/spine or other orthopedic issues. I’d like to see it get a wide readership.  I wanted you to know that your book was very valuable in educating me about what was happening at every stage of my recovery—hence my strong recommendation that you try to reach as many people as possible.”

- C.K., reader