Opioid Alternatives for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

2018-02-08T20:33:10+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Pain Management, Treatments|

Almost half of opioid overdoses in the United States involve prescription drugs. A thousand people a day receive emergency room care for misusing their prescribed painkillers. As a temporary measure, there are few medications quite as efficient at erasing pain than opioids, but this may change in the next five years. Kineta, Inc, a biotech [...]

Virtual Reality for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Works

2018-02-08T20:32:32+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Pain Management, Treatments|

Morphine’s long-term efficacy and safety remains contentious. In studies, it has reduced pain by between one and three points on the numeric pain rating scale, so while it certainly has its place, more effective, safe analgesic therapies are desperately needed. Hope might come from an unexpected place: virtual reality software. The Studies Supporting VR for [...]

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. [...]

How Can I Exercise With Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

2018-05-17T08:32:55+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Pain Management|

When The Cochrane review recently did an overview of all the trials it’s covered in the past for long-term pain, it found that strength building, endurance, and range of motion exercises could have an impact on moderate pain. Few participants reported any harm, but many experienced improvements in their physical function and quality of life. [...]

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 [...]