Douglas Hoffman, MD
Dr. Douglas Hoffman specializes in nonoperative orthopedics and sports medicine in Duluth Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree. From there Dr. Hoffman went to the University of Vermont College of Medicine where he completed his medical degree. He went to St. Margaret's Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he did a family practice residency, and completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to this practice at SMDC Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, Dr. Hoffman also serves as a team physician for the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the Duluth Huskies baseball team.
Dr. Hoffman came to learn of TMS/PPD through his own experience with chronic back pain, which he developed during medical school. After reading Healing Back Pain, by John Sarno, and doing the recommended treatment techniques, Hoffman became completely pain free in six weeks. Dr. Hoffman trained under Sarno for one week where he observed Dr. Sarno treat and examine patients. Dr. Hoffman has suggested in The Divided Mind that many physicians are reluctant to accept TMS/PPD because "To be able to understand and effectively apply Dr. Sarno's principles, one must acknowledge their own shadows and painful emotions. Additionally, a physician's position of authority is compromised with this perspective snce patients become empowered by discovering that they have the ability to heal themselves." In treating patients with TMS/PPD, Dr. Hoffman believes that the patient does not need to access their direct unconscious emotions, but that they simply need to know what is going on. Lastly, Dr. Hoffman used his expertise in contributing a chapter in The Divided Mind, entitled "Structural Pain or Psychosomatic Pain." (Source: Sarno, John. The Divided Mind. Harper Publishing: New York, 2006.)
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