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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 15th, 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
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...

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 healt

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 22nd, 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 17th, 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 15th, 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 3rd, 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 26th, 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...

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 9th, 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 15th, 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...

Aug 12th, 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?

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 3rd, 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.

Apr 15th, 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...

Feb 7th, 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.

Jan 30th, 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 or a psychologist.

Nov 22nd, 2018
What Can a Primary Care Physician Treat?

Most of us have a primary care physician (PCP), but not everyone truly understands what they do and how they can benefit a person’s health and well-being. A primary care provider is more than just a doctor...

Nov 15th, 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 plant or chemically created.

Nov 8th, 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. While both fields include fantastic primary care physicians...

Nov 1st, 2018
The Benefits of Physical Therapy

If you suffer from pains and aches anywhere in your body, getting the right treatments to manage and mitigate your pain can be difficult. One of the most popular musculoskeletal pain treatments is physical therapy.

Oct 25th, 2018
Stem Cell Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you keep up with the latest and most advanced medical treatments, you’ve probably heard of stem cell therapy. While stem cell therapy is being used to treat a variety of health conditions – sometimes with only limited success...

Oct 18th, 2018
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 depending on...

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 simply do...

Jul 24th, 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...

Jun 5th, 2020
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...

Apr 30th, 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 17th, 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
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 21st, 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. Facet joint injections are minimally invasive pain-relief treatments for...

Feb 7th, 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...

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.

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 16th, 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 10th, 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 27th, 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
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. If left untreated, addiction and...

Dec 10th, 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 26th, 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
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 4th, 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. Left untreated, eating disorders can weaken...

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...

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 4th, 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 erroneously creates the antibodies for clotting when clotting...

May 24th, 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 17th, 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
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 5th, 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. Once you’ve recognized that you have an issue with substance abuse, the next step is to find a treatment program that can help...

Apr 2nd, 2019
Common Winter Allergies

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

Mar 22nd, 2019
Can Sleep Deprivation Affect Your Pain?

It’s a known fact that we all need sleep. It helps us function and keeps our organs healthy. When we deprive our bodies of sleep, the consequences can be dangerous. Sleep deprivation can cause migraines, make you more susceptible to infection...

Mar 15th, 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 (15-35 percent) to...

Mar 1st, 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
Pain Management for Athletes

Pain management is oftentimes using a combination of multiple pain treatments working together to reduce or eliminate pain. For most people, it’s important to manage pain in order to participate in enjoyable activities and to have quality of life.

Oct 17th, 2018
What Is Telemedicine?

Do you remember a time before every other person on the street had a smartphone when everyone’s home internet connection was dial-up, and the word “tablet” referred to a pill or what Moses brought down from the mountain?

Oct 10th, 2018
Choosing a Primary Care Physician

It’s not easy finding a new primary care physician (PHP). We’ve all been there: You’re looking for a primary care physician, but nobody is accepting new patients.

Oct 5th, 2018
What Fall Allergies to Prepare for Now

The spring season is synonymous with that pollen cloud that coats our lawns, cars, and every area it can cling to. However, fall introduces another series of allergens that can also leave you feeling stuffy should you be unprepared.

Sep 21st, 2018
How Psychology Can Help with Pain Management

Pain is something that most of us have felt at one point or another in our lives – everything from the pain of a stubbed toe to a broken bone to the painful feeling of a broken heart.

Sep 18th, 2018
Rheumatology and Pain Management

The field of rheumatology is incredibly vast, with more than 100 types of rheumatic diseases. All of these diseases target different portions of the body, and they are triggered by different causes; however, all share one common trait: painful joint...

Sep 14th, 2018
How the Brain Becomes Addicted to Pain Medicine

It’s one of the most critical issues facing our nation: America’s opioid crisis is a drug epidemic of mass proportions. Of the more than 63,600 lives lost to drug overdoses in 2016, more than 42,000 (66% of the total) were traced back to opioids.

Sep 11th, 2018
What does a primary care physician treat?

You wouldn’t take an advanced fondant decorating class without first mastering how to bake a cake – or sign up to play in an orchestra not knowing how to read music. There are certain prerequisites necessary to lay the proper foundation for...

Sep 6th, 2018
How Yoga Can Help With Pain Management

In Sanskrit, a mantra is a sound or group of words believed to have psychological and spiritual powers. One of the main principles of yoga, mantras are repeated frequently to affirm and manifest the vision you’re seeking – and to help you enter a deep...

Aug 16th, 2018