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Pain Management and Opioid Addictions: How to Avoid it

Pain Management and Opioid Addictions: How to Avoid it

by Stephanie Meadows
Have you ever suffered from such bad pain, that you just reach for your medicine cabinet and take whatever will relieve your chronic pain the fastest? Pain medications such as Tylenol and Aleve usually only offer temporary pain relief, meaning they are not going to stop the pain or cure what's causing it.

Allergies vs Asthma

Allergies vs Asthma

by Bevon Findley (SU)
When it comes to respiratory distress, allergies and asthma are two of the most common culprits. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, researchers have found that about 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies. Also, asthma is the fifth most common chronic disease affecting all ages. But, you may be wondering what the two have in common? Besides both making you miserable, the two conditions are entirely different from one another. Although, in some cases, people can experience allergy induced asthma. Allergies and asthma have similar symptoms, triggered by things such as:

The Allergy Program

The Allergy Program

by Ahmed Aman (SU)
Ah, summer. It’s that wonderful time of year when the temperature starts to rise and everything is in bloom. So, welcome to the season of allergies. It is those sneezy, itchy-eyed, congested months from early spring to late fall when trees and grasses tend to bombard the air with pollen.

What is Osteoarthritis?

What is Osteoarthritis?

by Stephanie Meadows
The word arthritis means "joint inflammation," and "Osteo" is Greek for “bone.” Arthritis is not a single ailment. In fact, more than 100 different conditions can affect the joints and their adjacent bones, muscles, and tissues. They are classified into various major types of arthritis, depending on whether or not inflammation, infection or bleeding is the major component. All of these types of arthritis are completely different, with different presentations, symptoms and treatment.

Is Exercise Better than Medication for Pain Management?

Is Exercise Better than Medication for Pain Management?

by Bevon Findley (SU)
It is no secret that America is in the midst of a pain med epidemic. At a national level, we have seen a complex, necessary, and controversial topic about addiction to prescription medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 40 Americans die every day from painkiller overdoses, which CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said earlier this year is doctor-driven due to overprescribing. Patients with pain that lasts longer than 90 days: this threshold represents the crossover into “chronic pain” territory, a classification that comes with an increased risk for long-term opiate use and dependence.

The Importance of Proper Pain Management

The Importance of Proper Pain Management

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Pain is an uncomfortable feeling that tells you something may be wrong in your body. Your spinal cord and nerves provide the pathway for messages to travel to and from your brain and the other parts of your body. Pain medicine and non-drug pain treatments block these messages or reduce their effect on your brain. Although pain can protect us by forcing us to rest an injury or to stop doing something, the experience of being in a state of uncontrolled pain is horrible, frightening, and can have a profound effect on our quality of life.

Telemedicine at Lynx HealthCare

Telemedicine at Lynx HealthCare

by Stephanie Meadows
When most people think of going to the doctor, technology may not enter their thoughts. However, the landscape of medicine is changing as medical professionals use technology to help their patients maintain healthy lifestyles. Schedules can be tough for both the patient and the doctor, but there are innovative new ways to stay in touch with quality connections.

Types of Interventional Pain Procedures

Types of Interventional Pain Procedures

by Stephanie Meadows
About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person.

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

How Does PRP Therapy Work?

by Rismary Cabrera
PRP or Platelet-Rich Therapy is made from your body’s own blood cells and bone marrow, which contains a higher concentration of platelets delivered specifically to the source of pain or injury. Platelets are created by bone marrow and found in the bloodstream. Increased levels of growth factors have the potential to improve signaling and recruitment of cells. Platelets aid stem cells to promote healing and can be considered a “booster shot.”