Visit our New Mexico site at lynxnm.healthcare

Blog Archive

Relief Duration from Epidural Steroid Injections Sep 18th, 2020

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. When combined with steroids, epidural injections can relieve your pain for...

How Often Are Stem Cell Injections Administered? Sep 4th, 2020

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 their location and “job.” Injecting an adult’s own stem...

What Is a Physiatrist Evaluation? Aug 21st, 2020

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. Physiatrists are physicians who specialize in physical medicine and...

What Are the Basic Types of Pain? Aug 7th, 2020

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. Understanding the different types of pain can help ensure that the...

Top Signs of Opioid Abuse Jul 24th, 2020

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 not work well on. However, with such strength to relieve pain comes a very...

Benefits and Risks of Opioids for Chronic Pain Jul 10th, 2020

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, especially when the patient misuses them, the misuse of opioids...

An Overview of Addiction Therapy Jun 19th, 2020

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 – affecting not only the addicted person but also their...

What is the PRP therapy process? Jun 5th, 2020

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 after suffering from injuries or going through surgery. PRP proved not only to be effective...

What to Know Before Your First Appointment at a Pain Clinic May 15th, 2020

Did you know about 1.5 billion people around the world are living with chronic pain. Chronic pain can make it difficult for you to concentrate during the day and tough for you to sleep at night. If pain keeps bothering you in your everyday life, it’s time for you to visit...

When To Visit A Pain Clinic Apr 30th, 2020

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 doing the...

Injections for Pain Management Apr 17th, 2020

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. Pain can easily control your life without the help of medical pain management provided by doctors who...

Treatments For Opioid Addiction Apr 3rd, 2020

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. Fortunately, a qualified and trained clinician can help lead the way to recovery, so you can live a healthy and positive life. For...

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus – and How to Protect Yourself and Those You Love Mar 24th, 2020

The Civil War, Pearl Harbor, 9/11 … America has faced many adversities in its history and has managed to emerge stronger in the aftermath. But how do you fight and defeat an invisible medical enemy – especially one as seemingly challenging as the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic? The first step...

Cervical vs. Lumbar Epidural Injections Mar 20th, 2020

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. Depending on what is causing the pain, you have nonsurgical options to alleviate...

What Is Spinal Cord Stimulation? Mar 6th, 2020

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. With the stimulator over the spinal cord, it stimulates sensory nerves, blocking pain signals from...

Surgical Procedures for Spinal Decompression Pain Feb 21st, 2020

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. Some of them include vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty, laminectomy, and microdiscectomy. Both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty...

What Are Facet Joint Injections? Feb 7th, 2020

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 back pain. Like other joints in the body, facet joints are susceptible to...

What is a lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy? Jan 31st, 2020

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 in the lower back. It can even relieve back pain that travels to the buttocks and backs...

What can trigger point injections treat? Jan 29th, 2020

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. Unlike other types of pain, chronic pain lasts for weeks or months at a time. It is often associated...

What Is Vertebroplasty? Jan 24th, 2020

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 in patients suffering from back pain. The vertebroplasty procedure is classified...

Benefits of Getting a Medial Branch Block Jan 22nd, 2020

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 and stability to the vertebrae. Facet...

Epidural Steroid Injections for Spinal Pain Jan 16th, 2020

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. Some pain can be easily treated with over-the-counter medications. However, this may not work for chronic lower back pain. A lot...

What Is Opiate Substitution Therapy? Jan 10th, 2020

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. This dependency has led to a nationwide opioid epidemic that is devastating communities, destroying families,...

What Does A Physiatrist Treat? Dec 27th, 2019

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. If you have been injured or have chronic pain, you may be referred to a physiatrist. Here is more about this very...

What Triggers Arthritis Pain? Dec 24th, 2019

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. For those whose arthritis pain is more moderate or severe, some days can be more...

What is regenerative medicine used for? Dec 20th, 2019

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. It’s a revolutionary way of treating patients by regenerating lost or damaged tissue. It is one of the most rapidly developing areas in pain...

Major Causes of Nerve Pain Dec 13th, 2019

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. Nerve pain is a symptom caused by...

Types of Addiction Medicine Dec 10th, 2019

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 substance abuse can be fatal. A common misconception is that addiction and substance...

Common Treatments for Spinal Pain Dec 5th, 2019

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. Because of their function of carrying weight and balance, these two areas are particularly...

Advantages of Getting Cortisol Injections Nov 26th, 2019

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. One of the most potent therapies is cortisol injections. Find out how this type of...

What is an interventional pain procedure? Nov 22nd, 2019

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. Where traditional methods for pain relief have failed to work, interventional pain procedures...

How Effective Is PRP Therapy? Nov 15th, 2019

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. The goal is to get the patient back on track as quickly as possible. For...

A Comparative Review on Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty Nov 8th, 2019

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. Several factors can cause vertebral compression fractures, such as osteoporosis, pathological fractures,...

Spinal Cord Stimulation and What it can do for you Nov 5th, 2019

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-related disability. It affects both...

Recovery Process for an Opioid Dependency Nov 1st, 2019

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 2017 than those in 1990.” Country in Crisis There is an...

Why Should I See a Physiatrist? Oct 25th, 2019

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 health condition. Physiatry is similar to interventional pain management, but it has...

What Are the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis? Oct 22nd, 2019

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. Unlike osteoarthritis (which is often called just “arthritis”) that affects the joints specifically, rheumatoid arthritis can affect your eyes, skin, lungs, and even your heart....

How Do I Know if My Back Pain Is Serious? Oct 17th, 2019

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. However, if the back pain continues, it is best to see a doctor for an evaluation...

What Is PRP Therapy Used For? Oct 15th, 2019

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. PRP therapy can be used to treat a plethora of conditions and is used across many medical subfields....

What Is the Difference Between a Physical Therapist and a Physiatrist? Oct 11th, 2019

People often perceive physiatrists and physical therapists as one and the same. While it’s true that physical therapists and physiatrists treat the same conditions, there are marked differences between how they treat patients. However, they do perform collaborative roles that are all for the benefit of the patient. Let’s examine...

First Signs Of Rheumatoid Arthritis Oct 3rd, 2019

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. RA is just one of many forms of arthritis but is one of the most common...

What Happens When You Have Arthritis? Sep 26th, 2019

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? Let’s take a look at what exactly arthritis is and the different ways it can affect...

How to Treat Chronic Shoulder Pain in Washington and New Mexico Sep 19th, 2019

The shoulder is very versatile in terms of function and range of motion, but with this versatility comes the risk of sustaining short-term and long-term injuries. When your shoulder is injured, your ability to do routine tasks can be affected significantly. One of the most common issues with the shoulder...

Benefits of Physiatry in Spokane Sep 13th, 2019

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 health condition or after a traumatic injury. Physiatrists here...

How Can a Pain Management Doctor Help You? Sep 9th, 2019

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. Interventional pain medicine specialists can help you get...

Treatments for Shingles Sep 6th, 2019

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). In nearly 30% of all Americans, this...

Exercises to Beat Your Back Pain Aug 15th, 2019

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. There are several easy exercises that can potentially bring relief to those who are suffering...

Ways to Manage Your Chronic Pain Aug 12th, 2019

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 “nerve memory” that makes the pain feel...

Why Do I Need to See a Pain Management Doctor? Aug 2nd, 2019

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. For a doctor to specialize in pain management, they usually have...

What Is Addiction Management? Jul 30th, 2019

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. Addiction management does become easier with time, practice, and the right support....

What is Regenerative Medicine? 2 Jul 26th, 2019

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 than depending on synthetic medications to do the job. Let’s...

How Does Physical Therapy Help With Recovery Jul 19th, 2019

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. This is precisely when you will need the expert help of a physical...

How Does Telemedicine Work? Jul 16th, 2019

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. As such, through the use of computers and smart mobile devices, telemedicine is revolutionizing medical care as we know it....

Interventional Pain Medicine Approaches Jul 12th, 2019

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. At Lynx Healthcare, we believe that the first step to...

Benefits of PRP Therapy Jul 4th, 2019

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. PRP therapy is a type of regenerative medicine...

Dangers of Eating Disorders Jun 27th, 2019

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 a patient significantly, and may require a trip to the emergency room. Eating disorders can also...

Aspects of Family Medicine Jun 24th, 2019

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, and while one practice may be perfect for one member of the family, that same practice may not be able to...

Treating Allergies Jun 21st, 2019

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 antibodies that attach themselves to the items that seek to do...

Opioid Therapy Management 2 Jun 13th, 2019

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. However, opioids are also highly addictive. That is why the management of opioid therapy is a common challenge...

Benefits of Exercise Rehabilitation Jun 6th, 2019

Evidence-based exercise rehabilitation is a critical component of any physical therapy treatment plan to help those recovering from an injury or surgery. Exercise rehab can alleviate pain and restore movement and function of an injured area by focusing on flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance. Balance exercises are also important to help you...

Opioid Therapy Management Jun 4th, 2019

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 prescribing a narcotic such as an opioid drug. There are...

Antiphospholipid Syndrome May 24th, 2019

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 is not needed. While there is no cure for...

Why are So Many Breast Implants Rupturing? May 17th, 2019

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. Types of Implants There are two main types of breast implants used in...

Simple Exercises for Pain Management May 13th, 2019

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. If you suffer from chronic pain, it can impair your ability to move, function, sleep, as well as cause...

ADD vs. ADHD May 9th, 2019

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. And that one letter denotes a very distinct difference in diagnosis and treatment. Here is what...

What Is Regenerative Medicine? May 3rd, 2019

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. The field is composed of biologists, bioengineers, doctors, and scientists who work toward a common goal –...

How Physical Therapy Works with Interventional Pain Management for Pain Relief Apr 30th, 2019

Often, following an injury or joint replacement surgery, patients are left with lingering pain that requires additional physical therapy to regain their strength, stamina, mobility, and function, so they can return to all the activities they normally enjoy but without the pain. Physical therapy is a critical tool in almost every...

How a HIIT Workout Can Change Your Body Apr 25th, 2019

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. It’s a type of workout that integrates short bursts of high-intensity exercise – such as sprinting, biking, stair climbing, or rope...

What is Physiatry and Do I Need It? Apr 18th, 2019

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. That’s where physiatry comes in. It is defined as physical medicine and rehabilitation, but that hardly scratches the surface...

What Is Tissue Bank Storage Used For? Apr 15th, 2019

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, resulting in faster recovery time. Umbilical cord blood or tissue can be...

Causes of Anterior Knee Pain Apr 5th, 2019

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. Anterior knee pain is most caused by damage to your muscles, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, or knee...

Options for Addiction Treatment Apr 2nd, 2019

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 you recover from your addiction, restore...

Common Winter Allergies Mar 22nd, 2019

When you think of seasonal allergies, winter is probably not the season that comes to mind. But just because most outside plant life is dead or hibernating, allergies don’t go away. If you’re starting to sneeze or have other symptoms, and have ruled out a virus, there’s a good chance...

Can Sleep Deprivation Affect Your Pain? Mar 15th, 2019

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, affect your mood, impair athletic performance, and contribute to...

How Regenerative Medicine Is Changing the Health Care Industry Mar 11th, 2019

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 blood platelets and stem cells to jump-start the body’s natural healing...

The Benefits of a Multidisciplinary Practice Mar 7th, 2019

When it comes to primary health care, patients have two choices – entrust their care to a general practitioner (GP) or to a multidisciplinary practice. A GP is a physician who doesn’t specialize in any particular area of medicine, but provides routine health care (physical examinations, immunizations, etc.) and diagnoses and...

How Chronic Illness Affects Your Mental Health Mar 1st, 2019

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 those with chronic pain. Having chronic pain or illness isn’t only a matter of feeling...

When to See a Doctor for Knee Pain Feb 25th, 2019

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.Most of the time, knee pain is just a temporary inconvenience brought on by...

Are Essential Oils Actually Helpful? Feb 21st, 2019

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. But is this true? Are essential oils actually helpful when it comes to your overall health and well-being? The truth is...

Alternatives to Opioids for Pain Relief Feb 14th, 2019

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. Although prescribed opiates are effective in relieving pain, they can have severe, life-threatening...

What Is PRP Therapy? Feb 7th, 2019

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 as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that promotes long-lasting...

Signs You May Have a Compromised Immune System Jan 31st, 2019

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 problem. Here...

Why You Should Regularly See Your Primary Care Physician Jan 30th, 2019

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 why you should regularly see your PCP....

Psychiatry vs. Psychologist Nov 22nd, 2018

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. Aren’t they the same? While both psychiatrists and psychologists are experts in treating...

Five Qualities to Look for in a Primary Care Practice Nov 20th, 2018

So, you’re looking for a new doctor. Whether you’ve moved across town, your previous doctor retired, or you’re under a new insurance plan, looking for a new doctor can be difficult and draining. While each doctor brings something unique to the table – and sometimes the only thing that matters...

What Can a Primary Care Physician Treat? Nov 15th, 2018

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 to see for annual checkups, flu shots, or referrals to specialists. You may be surprised...

Opioids: Signs of Dependency Nov 8th, 2018

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. They work by connecting with natural opioid receptors in the...

Family Medicine vs Internal Medicine Nov 1st, 2018

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, the biggest difference is the type of care they provide and...

The Benefits of Physical Therapy Oct 25th, 2018

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. This option is a wonderful complementary (meaning “to complete”) treatment in addition to medication. Millions of...

Stem Cell Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis Oct 18th, 2018

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 – it has shown significant success in treating certain musculoskeletal conditions...

Pain Management for Athletes Oct 17th, 2018

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. But managing pain for athletes is a completely different ballgame. Athletes have...

What Is Telemedicine? Oct 10th, 2018

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? The technology boom that made the internet readily available to billions of...

Choosing a Primary Care Physician Oct 5th, 2018

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. According to the Health Resources & Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there is estimated to...

What Fall Allergies to Prepare for Now Sep 21st, 2018

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. Take a moment before football season, pumpkin patches, and Halloween rollaround to...

How Psychology Can Help with Pain Management Sep 18th, 2018

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. But chronic pain – that is, persistent, unrelenting pain that lingers for three...

Rheumatology and Pain Management Sep 14th, 2018

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 inflammation. With more than 46 million Americans being affected by...

How the Brain Becomes Addicted to Pain Medicine Sep 11th, 2018

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. The most widely prescribed class of...

What does a primary care physician treat? Sep 6th, 2018

Your One Stop (Medical) Shop: A Plethora of Services Offered by Your Primary Care Physician 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...

How Primary Care Can Improve Your Access to Quality Healthcare Aug 24th, 2018

Primary care practices are offices and centers that help provide disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, and diagnosis and treatment of illnesses. Essentially, these are the physicians and facilities you would visit when you’re ready for a check-up, have a cold or flu, or have some vague health concerns....

How Yoga Can Help With Pain Management Aug 16th, 2018

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 state of meditation. What if...

Improving Your Health Through Regular Primary Care Visits Aug 9th, 2018

When your doctor’s office calls to remind you that you are due for a checkup, you may ask yourself, “What’s the point? I feel just fine.” But going to see your primary care physician (PCP) regularly is important for many reasons. Why Do I Need a Checkup? Regularly scheduled checkups...

Reasons to See a Primary Care Physician Jul 29th, 2018

Some of us go to our doctor regularly, but many of us put it off. Eventually, though, almost all of us will find ourselves in a situation that warrants a visit to the doctor. Below are some very good reasons to see your primary care physician (PCP), and they don’t all have...

How to Prescreen Your Child for Scoliosis Jul 20th, 2018

Recognizing scoliosis early in your child’s life is crucial. As is the case for other illnesses, the sooner it’s identified, the better your chances of successfully treating it. While some schools offer screening, it is usually offered later in the child’s development than is ideal. Thus, the responsibility for early discovery falls...

The Benefits of Seeing a Primary Care Provider Within a Larger, Multispecialty Medical Practice Jun 14th, 2018

Have you ever felt a disconnect between the care you receive from your primary care physician and your specialist doctors? This can be the case, especially when they’re located in difference offices, or even different cities. But the headache of dealing with multiple doctors can be remedied when your doctors belong to...

3 Ways Drugs Effect Your Brain Jun 10th, 2018

1. Shuts off Respiration– Large Doses of opiates can shut of respiration in the brain stem. In 2016 over 60,000 people died from drug overdose. 2. Loss of Mental Control– Chronic Drug use will take away one’s ability to prioritize important things in our lives such as Family, Friends, and Work. The...

Most Asked Questions for a Primary Care Doctor May 31st, 2018

Primary care doctors are the first line of medical care that most people receive. These are your doctors for routine checkups, blood work, and providing a wide range of medical treatments. Primary care doctors also have an in-depth understanding of your medical history. They are the perfect individuals to ask...

Food Allergy and Food Intolerance, is there a Difference? May 17th, 2018

Linda remembers fondly when her Hungarian grandmother would make her specialty, stuffed green peppers. Linda’s grandmother never wrote the recipe down, and each time she prepared the family favorite, there was always something a little different about it, making dining at grandma’s a sweet surprise. While Linda has fond memories...

Talking to Your Primary Care Doctor about Mental Health May 13th, 2018

Mental health is just as important as physical health. However, because the symptoms of mental health problems are not as overt as physical health issues, they can often be overlooked or dismissed. If you had a cold, you wouldn’t wave it off as simply having a “bad day.” You’d ensure you received...

Is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Possible in Young People? May 3rd, 2018

When you hear the term “rheumatoid arthritis,” it’s only natural to think of it as an elderly person’s condition. After all, joint pain and stiffness tend to increase as we get older. However, it may surprise you to learn that arthritis affects plenty of children, teenagers and young adults. In fact,...

How Telemedicine Is Transforming Patient Care Apr 26th, 2018

There was a time when living in remote and rural areas of the country presented a challenge when it came to having access to healthcare. But in this high-tech era, all it takes to see your doctor or specialist is a click of a mouse. Telemedicine – the remote diagnosis and...

The Most Useful Stem Cell Research to Date Apr 23rd, 2018

Stem cell research has grown and evolved to the point where cellular therapy has become a revolutionary way to treat a range of conditions. Basically, the most common type of stem cell therapy consists of isolating nonembryonic (adult) stem cells from your own bone marrow or fat tissue and then injecting them into...

Tips for Living with Chronic Pain Apr 19th, 2018

According to experts, the human brain has approximately 100 billion neurons or nerve cells. It’s what allows you to feel sensations both good and bad. That includes the occasional aches and pains that come with hard labor, strenuous activity, or repetitive motion. But when pain caused by inflammation or dysfunctional...

How to Soothe Sore Muscles for Back Pain Relief Apr 12th, 2018

For those who suffer from chronic back pain, relief can often be hard to come by. Whether it’s sciatica, a herniated disc, a pulled muscle, or degenerative disc disease, your back pain can be excruciating and eventually may require pain management or surgery. There is back pain that comes and goes....

Stem Cells and PRP Therapy for Natural Healing Apr 9th, 2018

Whether you are an avid sportsman or a busy mom, no one wants to be sidelined by an injury. Besides the injury itself, the most commonly recommended treatment – which most likely will be pain management or surgery – and subsequent recovery period, can be frustrating and time consuming. That’s...

Common Causes of Back Pain Apr 5th, 2018

How many times did your mother tell you to stand up straight and stop slouching? As always, mother knew best! What you recall as nagging, actually was concern for legitimate medical reasons! Mother knew poor posture isn’t just unattractive; it’s also a catalyst for back pain and the many other medical conditions...

Why You Should See Your Family Medicine Doctor for Your Psychiatric Needs Mar 29th, 2018

Carolyn, a 38-year old Information Technology program manager, was not feeling her usual self lately. Having navigated through bankruptcy, a messy divorce, and caring for her mother’s early onset Alzheimer’s, she found herself going days at a time without eating or finding restful sleep. When rumors began circulating that her...

Best Treatment for Sports Injuries Mar 28th, 2018

Whether you are an Olympic hopeful or the star of your local softball league, you know that sports-related injuries can set you back. Best case scenario, they may sideline you for an inning or maybe a few games. Worst case, you might have to give up the sport altogether. Should...

Arthritis: Six Facts You Never Knew Mar 27th, 2018

You know that arthritis is a chronic disease that affects the joints, connective tissues, muscle, tendons, and fibrous tissue. You know that arthritis can affect nearly anyone, and that without treatment, can severely limit one’s activity, impacting the patient’s quality of life. This is what you do know, but here are six facts about...

Are my Allergies Really Worse in the Morning? Mar 26th, 2018

Question: Are my allergies really worse in the morning? Answer: Depending on the type of allergies that you suffer from, the answer most likely is “yes.” According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, it’s not your imagination: many common allergies really do flare up when the morning alarm goes...

Rheumatology 101 – Rheumatic Disease Mar 22nd, 2018

Rheumatology is a medical discipline that diagnoses and treats autoimmune conditions and joint diseases. A rheumatologist is a physician who is a specialist in the nonsurgical treatment of rheumatic illnesses. Inflammatory rheumatism is a generic term covering dozens of conditions referred to as rheumatic disorders. Many are autoimmune diseases that develop when the...

Food for Thought: The Best & Worst Foods for Curing Your Cold Mar 18th, 2018

You can blame your cold on that sniffling coworker at work, riding germ-ridden subways, or going out with a wet head during winter – but what you’re eating plays a bigger role in what’s ailing you. Yes, diet and nutrition are a critical factor for immune responses, with malnutrition the...

Don’t Gum Up the Works: Flu Precautions to Protect You in the Workplace Mar 15th, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu causes U.S. employees to miss approximately 17 million workdays per year. That’s a hefty number, so weighty in fact – it costs companies $7 billion per year in lost productivity! So, does this mean you should strap on your shoes and...

Tips to Reduce Common Indoor Allergens Mar 13th, 2018

Are You Allergic to Your Home? Spring has sprung! March 20th marks the first day of the Spring season, and with it comes blooming flowers in the park, picnics with friends and family, hiking in the great outdoors – and the inevitable allergies. For allergy sufferers, Spring brings with it a set of...

Understanding the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis Jan 25th, 2018

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects the joints. Because it is a systemic condition, there are often other symptoms experienced throughout the body. The early stages of RA include symptoms that are similar to some other conditions. It causes painful, swollen joints, and can lead to permanent...

How Your Physical Therapist Can Help Your Back Pain Jan 18th, 2018

Many of us experience back pain, and it can last for weeks or months. In fact, back pain is currently one of the most popular reasons people visit their doctor or pain specialist. If you have given up on finding lasting relief, you should consider physical therapy for back pain. Your physical...

Visiting the Walk-In Clinic During Cold Season Nov 16th, 2017

Without a doubt, sick people go to the ER for care when they can’t reach their primary care doctor or pediatrician, especially when it’s late or on the weekend. People who don’t have a regular primary care physician may go to the ER for anything from a sore throat to a fever....

Is Spinal Cord Stimulation for You? Nov 9th, 2017

One of the major benefits of spinal cord stimulation is that it is a non-medicinal pain treatment. With the opioid problem in the United States at such extreme levels, doctors are exploring new applications for pain management treatments. However, not everyone is a good candidate for this pain therapy. If you have had back...

Medial Branch Blocks Nov 9th, 2017

The spine consists of 33 vertebrae within your spinal column. The vertebrae contain multiple critical elements, responsible for enabling our spine to be able to function properly. Each of these vertebrae is connected by two joints called facet joints. The facet joints are then connected to medial nerves, which are...

Pain Management For Arthritis Nov 2nd, 2017

The goal of pain management is to eliminate or reduce your pain so that you can live a healthy, active, and productive lifestyle. To accomplish this, our pain management doctors may recommend interventional procedures, physical therapy, medication, or a combination of treatments to help you manage and reduce pain caused by a variety of...

Stem Cells For Pain Management Oct 26th, 2017

The topic of using stem cells for medical treatment has been a growing discussion since the early 1990s. Due to their ability to restore and repair tissue, this type of regenerative medicine has become a staple of hope in the medical field, especially in terms of conditions such as arthritis. Stem cell therapy...

What Can Epidural Injections Help With? Oct 19th, 2017

If you are a person who endures chronic pain, it is easy to want to ignore the pain until it subsides, or calms down. However, it is not as always that simple, as chronic pain is often strong and persistent. Pain relief for those who struggle with debilitating pain that often...

What Exactly is Family Medicine? Sep 28th, 2017

When it comes to choosing a doctor for your family, it can be a very hard decision to make. When your family is sick, your head becomes filled with concerns and thoughts of fear and worry. As you have seen previously how the doctor’s office routine usually goes, we often wonder whether...

Ways to Treat Pain Sep 20th, 2017

From: Visually.

The Complete Guide to Cardiovascular Disease Sep 19th, 2017

The nation often gets caught up in whatever the newest health scare is on the block: Think Ebola, Zika virus, flesh-eating bacteria, etc. Certainly, all those are worth worrying about. But, that can mean less attention to the ongoing, leading cause of death in the United States: cardiovascular disease. Also known...

Living in Chronic Pain Will Lower Your Lifespan Aug 24th, 2017

Being in pain is quite uncomfortable for just about everybody. Even minor pain, such as a stubbed toe or a paper cut, is unpleasant, but that pain fades relatively quickly. Imagine being in pain that never fades, or that fades only to come back even stronger a few hours later....

The Important Role a Rheumatologist Plays in Your HealthCare Aug 17th, 2017

Many of us may experience general and acute musculoskeletal pain from time to time that lasts for just a few days, often the result of injury or overexertion. However, when pain in your joints, muscles, and bones becomes more chronic, severe, and persistent for more than a few days, you...

Pain Management and Opioid Addictions: How to Avoid it Jul 20th, 2017

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...

Regenerative Medicine and Chronic Pain Management Jul 20th, 2017

Chronic pain is a common condition, which affects more than 100 million Americans in the United States. Pain does not discriminate, and it’s something that a lot of us have in common. Although many people think chronic pain is a normal part of aging, it can affect anyone, regardless of age....

Allergies vs Asthma Jul 13th, 2017

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....

The Allergy Program Jun 7th, 2017

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? May 12th, 2017

The word arthritis means “joint inflammation,” and “osteo” is Greek for “bone.” So, Osteoarthritis is not exactly the same as other forms of arthritis. 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...

Is Exercise Better than Medication for Pain Management? Apr 14th, 2017

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...

The Importance of Proper Pain Management Mar 26th, 2017

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...

Telemedicine at Lynx HealthCare Mar 24th, 2017

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...

Types of Interventional Pain Procedures Mar 2nd, 2017

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...

How Does PRP Therapy Work? Feb 23rd, 2017

PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma is made from your body’s own blood cells and bone marrow, developed to contain a higher concentration of platelets that can be delivered specifically to the source of pain or injury. Platelets are produced in bone marrow and found in the bloodstream, and contain natural healing/growth factors. Increased...