Pain Relief Blog

Pain Relief Blog 2018-01-17T12:23:24+00:00

Steroid Injections for Back Pain

Back pain is notoriously challenging to treat, but steroid injections could give you weeks of relief without drugs. The risks are rare, but significant, so your physician will try more conservative approaches before recommending them. [...]

Does Pilates Improve Posture?

You’d be hard pressed to find a fitness guru more obsessed with posture than your average Pilates instructor (perhaps a classical ballet instructor? We digress). Both forms of exercise focus on moving efficiently, and that requires [...]

What is the WHO Pain Ladder?

The vast majority of doctors’ consultations focus on pain management, but before 1986, there was no universally understood way to communicate pain levels. Doctors had to intuit their way through pain care one adjective at [...]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Myths vs Facts

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the result of a compressed median nerve in the wrist. It causes pain, numbness, or tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers that usually worsens at night. Myth One: [...]

Changing Attitudes About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Ableism says, “if you aren’t as able as I am, you are less.” This can filter into a huge variety of attitudes towards Complex Regional Pain Syndrome patients, many of them well-meaning yet not particularly thoughtful. [...]

10 Steps from Patient to Person from ACPA

Scratching an acceptable quality of life out of the mud that is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is difficult, but not impossible. The American Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Association suggests 10 coping skills that will clear [...]

Risks of Long-term Over-the-Counter Drug Use

“Over the counter” is not a synonym for “no side effects.” Any medicine that can treat a symptom will also be powerful enough to cause harm. If you don’t know what to watch for, you put [...]

What is Biofeedback for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Neurofeedback techniques are heaving with contention, myth, and misunderstandings, so it’s no surprise they find themselves in evidence-based medicine blogs so often. The therapy works on the basis of abnormal brain patterns. Patients are hooked [...]

The Relationship Between Emotional and Physical Pain

The space between physiology and emotion grows smaller with each passing study, and the reasons are more obvious than you might think: The physiological and emotional pain centers in the brain overlap. fMRI studies show that [...]