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Are You a Candidate for Trigger Point Injections?

If you suffer from any form of chronic pain, it’s important to understand all the treatment options available to you. Although not every procedure will be the right choice to help to alleviate your pain, it’s definitely worth discussing the alternatives wi

Jan 23rd, 2018
New Test Catches Arthritis Before Symptomatic

Arthritis, when allowed to progress, can equate to many days and nights of nearly unbearable pain. It can also cost a person huge sums of money throughout their lifetime, as they combat its progressive and attempt to fight the discomfort. There are more th

Jan 9th, 2018
Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

If you suffer from back pain, you’re not alone. Back pain is such a common problem in the U.S. that some studies have estimated that we spend about the same amount each year for back surgeries as we do for cancer treatments!

Apr 4th, 2014
Fibromyalgia Coping Tricks

Are you tired of being in pain? Perhaps an attitude adjustment would be enough to make those waves of pain to wane for an extended period. It’s true; it’s been proven time and time again that our moods directly affect our ability to cope with pain.

Feb 20th, 2014
Back Pain Worsened By Smoking

After years of the media, schools, and other outlets expressing the dangers of smoking, most people would suggest that tobacco causes cancer and respiratory illnesses. Unfortunately, there is a large percentage of the population still unaware of how cigare

Feb 6th, 2014
Are Fruit Flies the Key to Curing Chronic Pain?

It was recently reported in a journal called Nature that scientists have made a tremendous discovery in a species of fruit flies. While this might not seem a momentous piece of information, for the average person living with chronic pain it could be just

Dec 5th, 2013
Scientists Working on Spinal Implants for Back Pain Sufferers

With millions of people reporting to doctor’s offices each year and billions of dollars being spent to ease the effects of ‘bad backs’, there is little wonder why scientists have placed so much emphasis on finding new and groundbreaking solutions. The tea

Jul 3rd, 2012
Why Painkillers May Not Work For You

If you are like millions of Americans, then you may know what it is like to be let down by painkillers. So many people suffer with lasting pain and cannot find comfort in the form of a pill because of the unfavorable side effects of the drugs inability to

Jun 18th, 2012
Back Pain Improvement Plateaus After 6 Weeks

Low back pain is a very common condition and one we treat often at our clinic. It impacts people of all ages, being particularly widespread in adults. A single injury can have long lasting impact on comfort levels and researchers have now exposed that fact

Jun 8th, 2012
Does Lack of Sleep Make Fibromyalgia Pain Worse?

For many, this answer may seem an obvious one, but you may be surprised to learn that, while lack of sleep can impact many aspects of day-to-day life, it did not prove to be a predictor of pain levels.

Jun 1st, 2012
Fibromyalgia: Turning Stress into Pain

The medical community has come a long way in the past few decades in the recognition and treatment of chronic pain. Fibromyalgia, however, still stumps even the greatest minds. With continued research, though, more is being learned about it and about how

May 24th, 2012
Benefits of Staying Active Through Back Pain

Recently, a researcher from the University of Gothenburg followed more than one hundred acute back pain patients to explore the results of physical activity on pain levels.

May 4th, 2012
Symptoms and Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica is a type of pain that is related to the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back and down the leg. Although sciatica typically affects only one side of the body, the pain of this condition can be excruciating. While some sufferers feel on

May 3rd, 2012
Is Your Chronic Pain Caused by Memory?

Could the wipe of a person’s memory erase all signs of perceivable pain? That certainly isn’t a viable option, but scientists from the McGill University Health Center have stopped to consider the possibility that the way in which pain memories are stored

Apr 22nd, 2012
Researchers Find the Off Switch for Pain

For millions of people in this country and beyond, the concept of a ‘switch’ that could simply turn off pain sounds far too good to be true. However, chronic pain patients might be interested to learn that a team of researchers from LMU Munich, Berkley, a

Apr 15th, 2012
Occupational Therapy for Chronic Pain

Occupational therapists can be very beneficial team members for those who face chronic pain. With the help of this professional guide, a person can learn more about the flare ups and what might be causing them. In finding these answers, he or she can make

Apr 1st, 2012
Using Botox for Chronic Pain

If you thought Botox was just for looking younger, you may be surprised to learn that it can also play an important role in relieving chronic pain in many patients. When Botox first came on the market several years ago, it was primarily used in cosmetic su

Mar 22nd, 2012
Use this Willpower Experiment to Improve Health

Now the findings, which did, in fact, determine that people are enticed by promises of improved health, are being used in marketing efforts. It has been discovered that getting a person to just approach a less desirable product is often enough to convince

Mar 15th, 2012
10 Minute Massage to Ease Fibromyalgia Muscle Aches

Millions of people have recognized the medical worthiness of massage in recent years. The non-drug therapy provides athletes and those with chronic illnesses with an alternative way to reduce the discomfort associated with over-firing nerves, inflamed musc

Mar 9th, 2012
Brain Awareness Week: Deep Brain Stimulation for Lung Recovery

For those who suffer regularly with chronic, intense pain or difficulty with basic movements, there has been relative success with a treatment known as Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS. During the process of performing this treatment, something was noticed t

Mar 2nd, 2012
Austin Rehab Facility Bans Smoking

For many addicts, the thought of giving up one drug is enough to cause a breakdown, but now, a Texas rehab center is asking more than that. Those who enter as drug addicts and smokers, will leave the center as neither (at least that is the goal).

Feb 23rd, 2012
Why Stretching May Make Your Back Pain Worse

The first sign of back pain or injury can, unfortunately, foreshadow what is to come for the rest of a person’s life. There are millions of people, in this country alone, who suffer with chronic back pain, which can be intensified by overexertion. Often, i

Feb 16th, 2012
Should You Be Active After Applying Ice to a Sports Injury?

Imagine an athlete rushing off the court or field after sustaining an injury. A minor muscle pull, sprain, or strain will likely be treated with ice. It is not uncommon, after icing, for athletes to return to the game right away, feeling well enough to con

Feb 9th, 2012
How Fibromyalgia Pain is Soothed with Music Therapy

For patients who suffer with Fibromyalgia, the world can seem a very daunting and difficult place to live, but researchers are now saying that some of the tension, pain, and fatigue associated with the disorder can be alleviated by simply listening to the

Feb 2nd, 2012
New Guidelines for Treating Diabetic Nerve Pain

Neuropathy, which is caused by nerve damage can cause extreme and lasting pain in patients. It can even cause several sleep disruptions each night, which also leads to fatigue and depression. It is estimated that approximately four million patients of diab

Jan 26th, 2012
Types of Therapy to Ease Anxiety From Pain

For those suffering from chronic pain, the search for effective treatment is ever ongoing. Currently, there are several types of therapy that have proven moderately to highly effective at reducing the impact of diseases related to chronic pain.

Jan 19th, 2012
Back Pain After Surgery Could Be Faulty Implant

It has been found that in many cases, pain after surgery is linked to malfunctioning hardware implants or bone grafts. With the use of PET scans and CT scans, Dr. Andrew Quon, assistant professor at Stanford University, was able to pinpoint to problem area

Jan 12th, 2012
What condition is causing your chronic neck pain?

There are many potential causes of discomfort in the neck and it can often seem as if the process followed to find the source of the pain is taking forever. The truth is that doctors must follow several steps to rule out a variety of the potential causes b

Dec 15th, 2011
Steps to Diagnosing Back Pain

Have you been suffering with unexplained pain in your neck or back? If so, you are among millions of other Americans who complain of the same sort of discomfort. Despite the fact that so many share similar symptoms, the diagnosis is rarely clear cut.

Dec 8th, 2011
Symptoms of Diabetic Nerve Pain

Diabetes is not a diagnosis that anyone really wants to face, but it is not necessarily the constant worry about sugar and carbohydrate intake that concerns diabetic patients the most. Often it is the related health issues that can arise that are more prob

Nov 17th, 2011
Researchers Link Smoking to Chronic Pain in Women

Before you pick up that next cigarette, you might want to stop and consider how it is affecting your pain flares. A team of researchers from Kentucky University have found proof that musculoskeletal pain may be made worse in women when smoking.

Nov 10th, 2011
How Chronic Pain Can Damage Your Heart

Information about the link between chronic pain and sudden cardiovascular death is not new but is receiving renewed attention, as researchers point to the serious risk faced by certain populations of pain sufferers.

Nov 3rd, 2011
Tips on How to Describe Your Pain

For a person who sufferers from chronic pain, trying to explain it to a friend, family member, or medical professional is often very difficult. Because the person can appear entirely normal to onlookers, the severity of the pain is often underestimated. As

Oct 27th, 2011
Rest Leg Syndrome More Common For Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Restless leg syndrome, which is also referred to as just ‘RLS’ is a condition that makes it difficult for a person to rest or sleep as a result of uncomfortable sensations in the limbs. A recent study found that people who suffered with fibromyalgia were t

Oct 20th, 2011
Your Pain May Indicate Vitamin D Deficiency

Could it be that the aches and pains that plague you each morning or that leave you tossing and turning at night are related to your diet? It very well could be true.

Oct 6th, 2011
Sit Up Straight, It Will Make You Stronger

You might not be ready to embrace the formal habits of yesteryear, but the nagging of older generations to ‘stand up tall’ or ‘sit straight’ may be worth listening to, according to a recent study. Published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology,

Sep 22nd, 2011
Brain Imaging Can Help Find Lower Back Pain Source

A new study published in the journal, Anesthesiology, was put together by a research team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The use of new technology called arterial spin labeling made it possible for the team to track changes in brain activity in patients

Sep 15th, 2011
Video Games May Impact Joint Health in Children

A recent study is giving further prove to the dangers of excessive use of video game systems by young individuals. The research involved 257 participants at two US high schools. It was found that increased pain levels were reported after the extended use o

Sep 8th, 2011
Chronic Pain Risk Increases After Auto Accidents

Chronic pain, defined as discomfort in both the upper and lower half of the body, or on both sides for a span of time of more than three months. Past studies have suggested that this sort of pain tends to get worse with age and is more commonly experienced

Sep 1st, 2011
New Report Aims to Remove Chronic Pain Treatment Barriers

For those who suffer with chronic pain, the statement that ‘pain is a major health problem in the U.S.’ seems a vast understatement. In fact, pain is the single most common complaint among emergency room visitors in America. But, there is good news for tho

Aug 25th, 2011
Most Common Auto Accident Injuries

In this country, being in a car accident is nothing short of ordinary. Nearly every American citizen has been, will be, or will know someone who has been in a serious crash. Thus, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that vehicle accidents are a leading cause

Aug 18th, 2011
Fibromyalgia: Tips For Enjoying Intimacy Again

Pain is horrible in so many ways. While it serves a purpose and can help defend a person against more serious injury, it is considered the enemy when it won’t cease. Patients of Fibromyalgia know this as well as anyone. Among the many parts of life that ca

Aug 11th, 2011
Top Mistakes People Make With Pain Pills

When dealing with chronic pain, there is a good reason to know how to properly use medication. So, before you pop the next pill, keep reading, so you can avoid these commonly made mistakes.

Aug 4th, 2011
Stages of Recovery from ACL Surgery

It’s a heavy load – even at our most fit – that our legs must carry each and every day. Thus, it should come as no surprise that so many people face injuries to ankles, knees, and feet every year.

Jul 25th, 2011
Is Nerve Damage Causing Pain in Your Hand?

Within the body, there exists a very complex system, which is much like the postal service. Its intended purpose is to transmit messages from one part of the body to another. If a certain area aches, for instance, then the message must first be carried to

Jul 21st, 2011
New Painkiller to Be Released: No Side Effects, No Addiction

For years, pain sufferers have been fighting a difficult battle between the relief offered by pain killers and the unwanted side effects that came as a result of taking them. However, that war may finally come to an end, thanks to the work of a research te

Jul 18th, 2011
Your Lower Back Pain Is Draining Your Brain

We’ve seen it, heard it, and, in most cases, felt it. Back pain is not enjoyable to any of the senses, yet low back pain is the leading form of chronic pain around the world.

Jul 14th, 2011
Scientists Uncover Protein That Aids Human Movement

Each time a person bends to pick something up, takes a step, or points to something there is a complex system of reactions taking place within the body. Even the blink of an eye creates a pattern of nerve cell signals. It is the responsibilities of the neu

Jul 7th, 2011
The Gate Control Theory of Pain

The feeling of pain, though undesired, is often a good warning sign and something that should be respected. It can point to something more serious, but less noticeable and should be discussed with a medical professional right away.

Jun 28th, 2011
Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy, is a method of treating ailments with water. It can be used for relaxation or it can be used treat diseases and relieve painful conditions. It is closely related to hydrothermal therapy. This uses the temperature o

Jun 27th, 2011
Causes & Symptoms of a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

A diagnosis of a pinched nerve is a common one. Adults and the elderly are more prone to this problem but even children call fall victim to this painful condition. The neck and leg are the most common spots for a pinched nerve to occur. What causes this p

Jun 23rd, 2011
Simple Exercises to Avoid Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis, a disorder in which there is abnormal wear on the bones and cartilage of the neck, causes severe pain in both the neck and shoulders. It can also cause headaches. The disorder is the result of the natural aging process and of other fa

Jun 20th, 2011
Adding Omega-3 to Your Diet Can Reduce Inflammation

Omega-3 fatty acids have been in making headlines for a while. We’ve known that they are beneficial to the body and help reduce inflammation. What we have not known is how these compounds work within the body to produce these positive changes. We now have

Jun 16th, 2011
Which Shoes Help Relieve Knee Pain

If you have knee pain caused by arthritis, you might want to take off the athletic shoes with stability enhancers and high-end clogs. A comparison study led by author Najia Shakoor, MD, an associate professor of internal medicine at Rush Medical College an

Jun 13th, 2011
Does it Itch or Does it Hurt?

What is an itch? We all know what it feels like to have a spot that requires scratching. However, exactly how that signal is interpreted within the nervous system remains something of a mystery. A new study is adding weight to the idea that the signals tha

Jun 9th, 2011
Study Finds New Way to Treat Crohn’s Disease

There may be new hope on the horizon for patients suffering from Crohn’s Disease. This chronic condition of the intestinal tract is characterized by severe inflammation and causes diarrhea, abdominal pain and internal bleeding. Many of the medications curr

Jun 6th, 2011
Types of Scleroderma

Scleroderma is a condition of the skin. It can cause tightening of the skin and thickening of the skin and blood vessels. Damage to internal organs may also be a result of this condition. It typically appears in people between 30 and 50 years of age, strik

Jun 2nd, 2011
Managing Back Pain When Pregnant

It just makes sense that you would have a few more aches and pains as your body adjusts for the added weight that you carry around your midsection during pregnancy, but what about when that pain becomes more than a minor ache? The good news is that you don

May 26th, 2011
Myths About Back Pain

Back pain affects millions of people in this country alone. There are many assumptions that are made when a person first experiences the uncomfortable sensations and even as back pain becomes a chronic part of their lives.

May 23rd, 2011
What is a Ganglion?

Have you developed a strange, consistent swelling, bump, or other sort of growth? Are you looking for answers? It could be that your body has produced a ganglion, which appears as swelling or a sort of cyst. It forms from the tissue of a joint or tendon an

May 19th, 2011
Lupus Explained

It’s a scary diagnosis to receive. Much of that fear stems from the unknown. Though most people have heard the term lupus, there are many who do not truly understand the implications of it.

May 16th, 2011
What is Back Decompression?

Back pain is a horrible thing to live with. A constant ache or the occasional, but intense shooting pains can make just everyday living difficult. Often that pain is a result of nerves becoming pinched or sandwiched. This can happen in many different ways,

May 12th, 2011
Exercises to Relieve Sciatica Pain

Pain in any form is aggravating to say the least, but back pain can be downright debilitating. That is especially true when the pain then travels down the legs. With sciatica, that is often the cause. When the largest nerve in the body becomes pinched or i

May 9th, 2011
Tips for Choosing a Pain Management Clinic

Have you seen one doctor after another for years? Does it seem that you will never find a way to combat the pain and discomfort? If this sounds familiar, then it is likely time to consider a pain management clinic. These centers are often a last resort, a

May 5th, 2011
All About Juvenile Arthritis

When someone mentions the word arthritis, what typically comes to a person’s mind is images of a person of advanced years with semi-crippled fingers or complaining of pain in knees, shoulders or neck. It isn’t something that a person considers a childhood

May 1st, 2011