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02 Nov
The first line of treatment for illnesses of all sort isn’t usually found in the doctor’s office – it’s found in the medicine cabinet. The same is just as true, if not more so, for pain. Backache? Leg pain? Headache? Most people turn to the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving power of over-the-counter medicines. But, just like any other medications, there can…
02 Nov
There are countless reasons to stop smoking – and you’ve no doubt heard them a thousand times. It’s the single greatest preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S. and is actually a factor in one in five deaths.[1] Yet it still remains a prevalent issue, especially among those with chronic pain – despite the fact that smoking has actually…
02 Nov
Back surgery doesn’t always mean the end of pain. In fact, a large portion of people still experience back and leg pain despite undergoing various types of spinal surgery, a condition universally called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Fortunately, for those suffering from FBSS and for whom repeat surgery is not indicated – which is often the case – there…
02 Nov
So your doctor says you need a nerve block, but you’ve never even heard of this type of procedure before. You start thinking: What will this entail? Will it hurt? And, most importantly, will it really help relieve my pain? Let this in-depth look at nerve blocks answer all your most pressing questions. Definition and Types Nerve blocks do what…
02 Nov
Everyone’s pain is different, and the reality is that not everyone’s pain will respond as well to conservative treatment methods. Even patients who undergo more drastic treatments, like invasive surgeries, aren’t guaranteed pain relief. Experiencing this “refractory” pain – or pain that persists despite treatment, with no improvement in daily functioning – can feel hopeless, with few avenues for relief.…
02 Nov
Pain isn’t reserved for adults. In fact, between 20-35% of children and adolescents worldwide suffer from chronic pain.[1] Since chronic pain that appears in children often persists later in life, discovering the factors that lead to chronic pain and starting to address them may help the next generation lead a more pain-free life. A new study in the Journal of…
02 Nov
When it’s about to rain, can you feel it in your joints? Or when the temperature starts to plummet, do your pain levels start to rise? Read on to discover the truth behind the theory. Scientific Studies People with various chronic pain conditions, including arthritis, back pain and migraines, often report that the weather has the ability to change their…
02 Nov
For some, seeing a behavioral health provider may seem like an odd way to treat pain. After all, the pain is in your body – your back, your neck, your joints – not all in your head. But studies have shown that incorporating a psychologist into a multidisciplinary pain treatment plan can actually result in much better outcomes than just…

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