Over Half of Opioid Prescriptions Given to Adults with Mood Disorders

2018-01-25T11:08:50+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Pain Management, Therapy, Treatments|

Almost 10% of the U.S. population suffers from a mood disorder, and 19% of them use prescription opioids. Patients with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder are vulnerable to highs and lows caused by medications that directly influence their moods, are prescribing them to this vulnerable group is a contentious issue. Some physicians suggest opioids as a [...]

Do Opioids Lead to Heroin Addiction?

2017-09-06T22:10:31+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Pain Management, Treatments|

Drug overdoses kill 29,000 Americans a year, with the majority of those deaths being from opiate and heroin abuse. While campaigners like to draw a link between opioid and heroin abuse, no studies have revealed anything beyond correlation. Most heroin abusers have used opioids before because most Americans have used opioids at least once in their [...]

Does Pilates Improve Posture?

2018-01-12T21:52:20+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Back Pain, Head and Neck, Health & Wellness, Pain Management|

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 core strength. If you’re relying on your superficial muscles to support you, you probably suffer from at least a little [...]

What is the WHO Pain Ladder?

2017-08-16T13:28:49+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Pain Management|

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 a time. The World Health Organization developed the pain ladder as a three step grading system to solve this problem. [...]

Opioid Overprescription Among Veterans With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

2018-02-08T20:39:18+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Pain Management|

The Tomah facility earned its nickname, “Candyland”, for its over-prescription of opioid painkillers. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is the most common reason Middle East veterans seek care. It’s often suffered together with post-traumatic stress disorder, with 66% of PTSD vets having a coexisting Complex Regional Pain Syndrome condition. By the same token, 47% of vets in [...]

The Nocebo Effect and Pain Management

2017-05-16T12:12:47+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Pain Management|

There’s an excellent reason some doctors don’t warn their patients about medication side effects. When you expect negative symptoms, you’re more likely to experience them, a phenomenon known as the nocebo effect. When researchers used fMRI to uncover the physiology behind this tendency, they found that no less than 12 regions of the brain were involved. [...]

Service Dogs for Chronic Migraines

2018-01-12T22:03:56+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Head and Neck, Pain Management|

Dogs are truly amazing creatures. They can be trained to work with anyone and to identify all sorts of health-related problems. Due to their strong sense of smell, they can identify odors we humans can't. As any dog owner knows, they are also extremely keen on our behavior and are able to pick up on [...]

Coping with Chronic Knee Pain

2018-01-23T12:15:49+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Pain Management|

Knee pain is a very common musculoskeletal condition. It's the number one reason people seek out pain relief. Chronic knee pain can be long term, with swelling and sensitivity in one or both knees. Each person's experience with knee pain will be different, so what someone else is going through may be quite different than [...]

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Depression

2018-01-23T12:15:49+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Pain Management|

No one likes having to deal with pain. In a world where just about everything can be solved or has an endpoint, pain which goes on and on is certainly not welcome. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is not good for your mental health and overall state of being. In fact, it can make things decidedly [...]