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Five Complications of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain often takes a toll on not only your body, but your mind and several important aspects of daily life. Effective treatment can help you feel better and live a more fulfilling life.

Oct 13th, 2021
How Does Arthritis Impact Sleep?

Sleep is an important aspect of your overall health and well-being, and can have a significant impact on your arthritis symptoms. Improving your sleep can help better manage arthritis pain and help you feel better.

Sep 9th, 2021
Chronic Knee Pain: Can Radiofrequency Ablation Help?

Millions of Americans are affected by knee pain, which may limit your ability to do everyday tasks and impact your quality of life. Radiofrequency ablation is a treatment that can provide months of pain relief.

Jul 22nd, 2021
What Is a Medial Branch Block?

Neck and back pain can prevent you from living life to the fullest. But you don’t have to live with daily chronic pain. Visit our pain management specialists to discuss treatment options to get the relief you need.

May 19th, 2021
Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Living with peripheral neuropathy doesn’t have to mean dealing with daily pain that interferes with your quality of life. Our treatment options can ease your pain and improve your day-to-day functioning.

Mar 10th, 2021
Will My Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Ever Go Away?

Complex regional pain syndrome causes intense burning, pain, swelling, and other symptoms. Although there’s currently no cure, treatments are available that can reduce your symptoms and restore function to the affected limb.

Feb 16th, 2021
Can Sciatica Recur?

Sciatica pain can really throw a wrench into your life. Daily activities that you once performed with ease can become difficult and painful. Fortunately, there are effective treatments to help you get the relief you deserve.

Jan 19th, 2021
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Neck Pain

If you’re living with neck pain, don’t wait to get relief. Pain specialists are experts at getting to the root of your pain and finding the right treatment approach to improve function and restore your quality of life.

Dec 11th, 2020
What Makes PRP Therapy So Effective?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can transform your damaged cells and tissues using your own blood. Keep reading to learn how it works and if this treatment might be right for you.

Nov 6th, 2020
Relief Duration from Epidural Steroid Injections

You may associate epidural injections with labor and delivery, but did you know epidural injections can also be used to relieve back and neck pain? These anesthetic injections are not just for women who are about to give birth.

Sep 18th, 2020
How Often Are Stem Cell Injections Administered?

Regenerative medicine is the science of using the body’s own natural healing powers to relieve pain or heal injured tissue. Stem cells are found throughout the human body and have the ability to specialize into different types of cells...

Sep 4th, 2020
What Is a Physiatrist Evaluation?

If you are experiencing pain or any kind of physical disability as a result of an injury or illness, a physiatrist can be an ideal solution to treat your condition – particularly if you are looking to avoid or postpone surgery.

Aug 21st, 2020
What Are the Basic Types of Pain?

Physical pain, although unpleasant and at times debilitating, is an important way for the body to let us know that something is wrong and requires attention. There are multiple causes of pain, and people respond to it in very different ways.

Aug 7th, 2020
Top Signs of Opioid Abuse

Opioids are prescribed to patients who are experiencing severe and debilitating pain from illness or disease or during recovery from surgery. Opioids are extremely effective in relieving pain that over-the-counter and many prescription drugs...

Jul 24th, 2020
Benefits and Risks of Opioids for Chronic Pain

The use of opioids to relieve pain that is chronic and debilitating is a point of contention, for the reason that there are serious risks associated with the use of opioids. While every type of medication come with side effects...

Jul 10th, 2020
An Overview of Addiction Therapy

Addiction is the overwhelming compulsion to drink, use drugs, or perform a detrimental act in excess. An addiction that is not kept under control or treated can result in job loss, the end of important relationships, disability, or even death...

Jun 19th, 2020
What is the PRP therapy process?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves using a patient’s blood to accelerate healing and treat chronic pain and tissue injuries. PRP therapy was initially a popular treatment for athletes who needed to quickly return to their sports...

Jun 5th, 2020
Injections for Pain Management

Pain that is due to underlying health conditions or injuries may become chronic – and when that happens, it usually sends patients into a spiral of try-and-test methods just to achieve some relief...

Apr 16th, 2020
Treatments For Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction can feel insurmountable, especially for an addict. The addiction can become so overwhelming that it’s nearly impossible to get out of it without any support.

Apr 3rd, 2020
Cervical vs. Lumbar Epidural Injections

Do you feel recurring or chronic pain in your neck, shoulders, or back? Does the pain make it hard for you to do your normal daily activities? You do not need to suffer through that pain anymore.

Mar 20th, 2020
What Is Spinal Cord Stimulation?

Spinal cord stimulation or SCS is a neuromodulation technique used to help manage chronic back pain caused by peripheral neuropathy. The device consists of an electrode connected to a generator placed between the spinal cord and vertebrae.

Mar 6th, 2020
Surgical Procedures for Spinal Decompression Pain

For patients who are suffering from severe back pain due to compression in the spine, and who have already tried noninvasive traction-type techniques to no avail, there are several surgical procedures that can effectively relieve the pain...

Feb 20th, 2020
What Are Facet Joint Injections?

Facet joints are small joints between each set of two vertebrae along the spine that provide stability and enable motion. They are also called zygapophysial joints, or Z-joints.

Feb 6th, 2020
What is a lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy?

For chronic lower back pain sufferers, radiofrequency neurotomy may be the treatment to bring you much-needed relief. Radiofrequency neurotomy, also called radiofrequency ablation, is a conservative, non-surgical treatment that reduces or eliminates pain..

Jan 31st, 2020
What can trigger point injections treat?

One of the most debilitating health problems people experience is chronic pain. Chronic pain can develop anywhere in the body and can stop you from doing the things you love and enjoying life.

Jan 29th, 2020
What Is Vertebroplasty?

Vertebroplasty is a type of back surgery that involves the injection of cement into the spine in an effort to stabilize a fractured vertebra, which is usually caused by spinal compression. The goal is to reduce debilitating pain and restore mobility...

Jan 24th, 2020
Benefits of Getting a Medial Branch Block

Did you know clinical research has shown that pain from your facet joints causes up to 45% of your lower back pain? The facet joints are the bony structures that connect the spinal vertebrae, helping with the movement of the spine and giving support...

Jan 22nd, 2020
Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Pain

Back pain is very common, and people of all ages can experience it. It can dramatically affect your daily routine, making it difficult to function at home, work, or school.

Jan 17th, 2020
What Is Opiate Substitution Therapy?

For those living with chronic pain, medically prescribed opioids are a legal and effective way to manage symptoms. However, it is easy to become dependent on opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, and tramadol.

Jan 9th, 2020
What Does A Physiatrist Treat?

Physiatry is medical specialty that focuses on the treatment of injuries, disabilities and disease by employing exercise, massage, mechanical aids, as well as a variety of other physical methods...

Dec 26th, 2019
What Triggers Arthritis Pain?

Arthritis is a broad term that describes more than 100 different conditions that cause pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. For some, the pain is mild and easily managed with anti-inflammatory medications, rest and diet.

Dec 24th, 2019
What is regenerative medicine used for?

Imagine lifelong chronic pain and injuries healing without the need for surgery or shorter recovery periods for patients who undergo surgery. Such is the promise of regenerative medicine.

Dec 20th, 2019
Major Causes of Nerve Pain

The body’s nerves serve as a signaling system that send messages from different parts of the body to the brain and spinal cord. A lot of times when people feel unexplained pain in the body, it is caused by issues with the nerves.

Dec 13th, 2019
When To Visit A Pain Clinic

They say pain is a natural part of life, and while that may be true metaphorically, no one should ever have to live life in constant pain. Even at different levels — mild, moderate, and severe — pain is never a pleasant experience and takes away from you .

Apr 30th, 2020
Types of Addiction Medicine

Addiction and substance abuse are characterized by a compulsive need to use and abuse something that leads to harmful consequences. Any type of addiction or substance abuse comes with long-term negative effects.

Dec 9th, 2019
Common Treatments for Spinal Pain

Spinal pain is quite common, but its debilitating effects are always a cause for concern. It can manifest in two ways: pain in the lumbar region or lower back and pain in the cervical region or neck area.

Dec 5th, 2019
Advantages of Getting Cortisol Injections

Joint pain can drastically affect the quality of your life. Patients may find it difficult to walk or move around as they please. Fortunately, several treatments can help ease joint pain, allowing people to use their joints unimpeded.

Nov 27th, 2019
What is an interventional pain procedure?

Chronic pain is debilitating, and no one wants to live with it. If you are one of the millions of Americans living with chronic pain, you may be struggling to find an effective solution to relieve pain.

Nov 22nd, 2019
How Effective Is PRP Therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is steadily gaining popularity for use in treating musculoskeletal conditions, especially knee pain. Currently, PRP therapy is used to treat athletes with injuries in order to speed up the healing process.

Nov 14th, 2019
A Comparative Review on Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty

The bones that make up your spine can weaken and break resulting in chronic back pain, hunched posture, and lost height. It usually occurs when a bloc-like part of the spine’s vertebrae become compressed due to trauma or disease.

Nov 8th, 2019
Spinal Cord Stimulation and What it can do for you

If you have been experiencing lower back pain recently, be assured that you are not alone. At some point in their lives, 80% of adults will experience back pain. It is one of the most common causes of missed workdays and the leading contributor of job-rela

Nov 5th, 2019
Recovery Process for an Opioid Dependency

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly 218,000 people in the United States have died from overdose related to prescription opioids. That number represents deaths between 1990 and 2017, with deaths rising “five times higher in...

Nov 1st, 2019
Why Should I See a Physiatrist?

A physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems. Their primary focus is on using nonsurgical treatments to relieve pain and improve mobility which has been affected by an injury or...

Oct 25th, 2019
What Are the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder where your body mistakenly attacks your body’s tissues, causing chronic inflammation in your joints as well as other bodily systems.

Oct 23rd, 2019
How Do I Know if My Back Pain Is Serious?

If working long hours or engaging in heavy activity has taken a toll on your body, you may experience physical and mental fatigue. Such fatigue may lead to back pains that may seem harmless.

Oct 18th, 2019
What Is PRP Therapy Used For?

Pain medications, surgery, and injections are not your only options when it comes to joint pain. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a versatile and effective regenerative medicine treatment that can also help.

Oct 16th, 2019
First Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system (meant to protect you from infections and illnesses) to attack joints. This results in inflammation, pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints.

Oct 4th, 2019
What Happens When You Have Arthritis?

Most people are aware that arthritis targets the joints and causes swelling and pain. But did you know that aside from this, other parts of the body like the skin and eyes can also be affected?

Sep 27th, 2019
Benefits of Physiatry in Spokane

A physiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in healing a patient via physical medicine and rehabilitation rather than the use of surgery. Their goal is to help correct disability and to relieve pain that may be caused by an underlying...

Sep 13th, 2019
How Can a Pain Management Doctor Help You?

Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and it needs your attention. However, there are many people who have chronic pain caused by trauma or an underlying health condition, and this requires treatment by a pain management doctor.

Sep 10th, 2019
Treatments for Shingles

If you had chickenpox as a child, you now carry the herpes zoster virus in your body – for life. This virus will hide and lie inactive in nerve tissues in the brain and spinal cord (which together comprise the central nervous system).

Sep 6th, 2019
Exercises to Beat Your Back Pain

Almost 90% of all Americans will experience an episode of back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Aug 16th, 2019
Ways to Manage Your Chronic Pain

Patients who suffer with chronic pain usually have an underlying cause for the pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis or a past injury. However, if a patient has endured chronic pain for many years, the pain signals may continue due to a sort of...

Aug 13th, 2019
Why Do I Need to See a Pain Management Doctor?

Any bodily pain that lasts for several months or longer is considered chronic pain. If the pain interferes with your normal daily activities or keeps you awake at night, it might be time to consult with a pain management doctor.

Aug 2nd, 2019
What Is Addiction Management?

Anyone who promises a one-and-done treatment for everyone with addiction doesn’t appreciate the complexities of addiction – which is a very personal thing. The truth about addiction is that there is no cure for it, but there are solutions.

Jul 30th, 2019
What is Regenerative Medicine? 2

Regenerative medicine is an umbrella discipline that focuses on the study of molecular and cellular processes and attempts to find ways for the body to heal itself. It seeks to treat diseases and injuries by using the body’s healing abilities rather...

Jul 26th, 2019
How Does Physical Therapy Help With Recovery

Anyone who has an injury, disability, or disease knows how hard it can be to regain your mobility, function, and independence as you begin to recover. Recovering from any condition takes time, dedication, and professional medical assistance.

Jul 19th, 2019
How Does Telemedicine Work?

A marriage of old-fashioned house calls and modern technology, telemedicine offers patients and their providers the opportunity to conduct medical care through secure, HIPAA compliant collaborative technologies, rather than in-person.

Jul 16th, 2019
Interventional Pain Medicine Approaches

We all experience pain at some point. This is not to say that you have to live with it – especially if it prevents you from enjoying life. Interventional pain medicine uses nonsurgical methods to target the source of your pain.

Jul 12th, 2019
Benefits of PRP Therapy

You may have heard of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy before but may not know exactly what it is or how it works. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered up some fast facts about it and why you may want to give it a try.

Jul 5th, 2019
Dangers of Eating Disorders

At least 30 million Americans have an eating disorder; of these, 10 million are men. Eating disorders are serious medical illnesses that require immediate medical attention and treatment.

Jun 27th, 2019
Aspects of Family Medicine

Choosing the right doctor for you and your family can be a difficult, even complex, decision. With healthcare becoming increasingly fragmented there are even more options to choose from...

Jun 24th, 2019
Treating Allergies

Your immune system is your body’s defense mechanism against viruses, bacteria, allergens, and other foreign invaders. When the body detects a harmful or foreign invader, an immunoresponse is triggered – it’s at that time when the body mobilizes its...

Jun 21st, 2019
Opioid Therapy Management 2

Opioid therapy is a method of treatment for chronic pain, particularly when other treatments have not worked. It is highly effective at relieving pain and improving the mood and everyday functioning of patients.

Jun 13th, 2019
Benefits of Exercise Rehabilitation

Evidence-based exercise rehabilitation is a critical component of any physical therapy treatment plan to help those recovering from an injury or surgery.

Jun 6th, 2019
Opioid Therapy Management

The use of opioid therapy for treating chronic pain conditions has increased substantially in recent years, but so has the awareness of its risks. Doctors look for the underlying cause of a patient’s pain, and a lower-risk treatment will be tried before...

Jun 3rd, 2019
Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Everyone knows the dangers of blood clots that can occur in the legs, lungs, kidneys and worst, the brain. Antiphospholipid Syndrome – AS – is a condition that occurs when the immune system...

May 23rd, 2019
Why are So Many Breast Implants Rupturing?

One of the most common plastic surgeries done today is breast augmentation with implants. Breast implants are used to increase the size or appearance of the breasts, or as part of a reconstruction following breast cancer surgery.

May 16th, 2019
Simple Exercises for Pain Management

Chronic pain is persistent pain that lasts at least 3 months and often much longer. No matter the cause of your chronic pain, the fact is it can make life nearly unbearable.

May 13th, 2019
ADD vs. ADHD

To understand the differences between ADD and ADHD one must know what each denotes. Attention Deficit Disorder – ADD – is a distinct form of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — ADHD – minus the hyperactivity element.

May 9th, 2019
What Is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine has several different approaches: Some center on surgically repairing damaged tissues or organs with bioengineered replacements, and others involve injection-based therapy using a person’s own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells.

May 2nd, 2019
How a HIIT Workout Can Change Your Body

So, you wish you could reap the benefits of regular exercise, but you just don’t have the time. A high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, may be just what your body needs.

Apr 25th, 2019
What is Physiatry and Do I Need It?

Being diagnosed and treated for an illness or injury is only half the battle. The other half is recovering from – or least adapting to – one’s condition as best as one can.

Apr 18th, 2019
What Is Tissue Bank Storage Used For?

It’s an exciting time in the field of regenerative medicine. Stem cells substitute for damaged or injured cells, allowing natural healing and repair of tissue. When injected into an injured area, they immediately boost the natural healing process...

Apr 15th, 2019
Causes of Anterior Knee Pain

Do you get a dull, aching pain at the front or side of your knee? Do you feel a grinding sensation when you flex your knee? This kind of pain is known as anterior knee pain.

Apr 4th, 2019
Options for Addiction Treatment

Drug and alcohol addiction can wreak havoc on a person’s life. The first step to getting help is acknowledging your addiction.

Apr 1st, 2019
Common Winter Allergies

When you think of seasonal allergies, winter is probably not the season that comes to mind.

Mar 21st, 2019
How Regenerative Medicine Is Changing the Health Care Industry

There’s a revolution in the health care industry, and it involves a promising field called regenerative medicine. This new type of medical treatment is designed to help restore the structure and function of damaged tissues by using the patient’s own...

Mar 11th, 2019
How Chronic Illness Affects Your Mental Health

Research shows a definite correlation between chronic illness and one’s mental health. A recent study of cancer patients, for example, found that one in five developed post-traumatic stress after their diagnosis, which was similar...

Feb 28th, 2019
When to See a Doctor for Knee Pain

If there’s an unusual pain bound to get your prompt attention, it’s an aching knee. That’s because your knee houses the largest, most sturdy and reliable joint in your body, supporting a great deal of your upper body weight.

Feb 25th, 2019
Are Essential Oils Actually Helpful?

Many people say that essential oils help with ailments ranging from stomach pain to headaches to stress relief. Some even say it can have benefits for more complex diseases like cancer.

Feb 21st, 2019
Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Relief

Over the last decade, we have seen a dramatic increase in opiate painkiller abuse in the United States. In fact, an estimated 2.1 million Americans are addicted to prescription painkillers, while approximately 25.3 million are struggling with chronic pain.

Feb 14th, 2019
What Is PRP Therapy?

Imagine being able to repair damaged body tissue and treat degenerative bone diseases like osteoarthritis without having to resort to invasive surgery. It’s not only possible, but already being done with the non-invasive, cutting-edge treatment known...

Feb 7th, 2019
Signs You May Have a Compromised Immune System

Listen to your body. It’s constantly telling you when it feels good – and when it doesn’t. That’s especially true when it comes to warning you that your immune system is not as strong as it could be and that you’re at risk of developing a serious health...

Jan 31st, 2019
Why You Should Regularly See Your Primary Care Physician

Think of your doctor as your partner in lifelong health. Don’t just wait to see your primary care physician when you’re sick or injured; having regular visits with your can be beneficial to you and help you stay healthier as you age. Here’s some reasons...

Jan 29th, 2019
Psychiatry vs. Psychologist

Everyone needs someone to talk to every now and then. Whether its anxiety, social issues, or concerns about mental health, many want to explore treatment by seeking out a mental health professional, usually a psychiatrist...

Nov 22nd, 2018
Opioids: Signs of Dependency

If you or a loved one suffers from acute or chronic pain, a doctor may have prescribed an opioid to provide some relief. Opioids can be natural, partially synthetic, or synthetic drugs derived from the poppy...

Nov 9th, 2018
Family Medicine vs Internal Medicine

If you have health concerns, are sick, or want to find your go-to doctor, you may be wondering whether you should see a physician who’s in family medicine or internal medicine.

Oct 31st, 2018