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  • Is It Time for a Pain Management Reboot?

    Is It Time for a Pain Management Reboot?

    Now that we are entering a new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic where access to vaccines is high, infection rates are declining, and there is greater access to health-related services, this might be a time to reevaluate your pain management plan and consider what changes can make a positive impact. Let’s start by taking a look at some of the ways the pandemic may have increased your pain problem:
    Emotionally drained. Certainly, life during COVID-19 has been a source of intense stress.

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  • Painkillers Can Sometimes Increase Chronic Pain

    Painkillers Can Sometimes Increase Chronic Pain

    In response to America’s opioid epidemic, physicians, pharmacists, and even insurance companies have been increasingly raising the bar on who can receive opioid medications in addition to how much and for how long. It’s not just the addiction risk that calls for caution when using opioids to treat chronic neck or back pain though long-term use of opioids may also worsen the pain.

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  • What Are NSAIDs?

    What Are NSAIDs?

    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) treat pain. They also relieve inflammation and reduce fevers. Over-the-counter NSAIDs include pills like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium, and creams you apply to your skin. Your doctor can also prescribe these pain relievers in a high-dose or more targeted version, like celecoxib (Celebrex) for arthritis.

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  • 3 Ways the Pandemic Changed the Doctor/Patient Relationship

    3 Ways the Pandemic Changed the Doctor/Patient Relationship

    Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced me to change how I evaluate, treat, and interact with my patients. Maintaining all of the necessary safety measures have pushed me to find new ways to comfort and connect with patients even though I can’t hold their hand or share a smile through my mask. I know my patients have had to make adjustments as well; they’ve had to learn new ways to relate to me and to others on their health care team. But in spite of all of the new hurdles created by the virus, there do seem to be some lessons in all of this that will improve the doctor/patient relationship.

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  • Unusual Office Chair Solutions to Help Your Back

    Unusual Office Chair Solutions to Help Your Back

    If you have tried different types of office chairs and your back pain still persists, you may need to move on from the conventional seated-chair design to an alternate method. Here are 5 options to consider try a few out, to see which ones work best.
    1. Standing Desk - A raised desk allows you to work while standing. Standing engages your core muscles more than sitting, and it can lead to better posture and spinal alignment. Switching between sitting and standing can also help manage chronic back pain.

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  • Signs Your Muscle Pain Is Something Else

    Signs Your Muscle Pain Is Something Else

    Fibromyalgia - Fibromyalgia is a condition that makes your muscles ache and feel stiff. If you have it, you may be more sensitive to pain than most people. You’ll also feel the pain all over your body, on both sides and above and below your waist. You may have fatigue and brain fog, too.
    Lyme Disease - In the first 3 to 30 days after you get a bite from a tick infected with Lyme disease, you may notice muscle and joint aches along with rash, swollen lymph nodes, fever, and chills. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor. Left untreated, Lyme disease can cause your joints to get stiffer and more painful over time.

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  • When COVID-19 Causes Lingering Pain

    When COVID-19 Causes Lingering Pain

    A growing number of people are reporting lingering symptoms after overcoming their initial bout with COVID-19. "Long-haul COVID" refers to a condition where a person doesn’t feel fully recovered from their illness, even months later, after the infection has resolved. Initial reports indicate that one of the consequences of even milder COVID-19 infections can include persistent pain, including painful joints or muscles, splitting headaches, and chest pain.

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  • How Cervical Selective Nerve Root Blocks Can Ease Neck Pain?

    How Cervical Selective Nerve Root Blocks Can Ease Neck Pain?

    An inflamed spinal nerve in your neck (cervical spine) may result in neck, shoulder, and/or arm pain. In response, your doctor may advise you to get a cervical selective nerve root block injection to help locate the spinal nerve that is pinched or inflamed, and also to relieve your pain. Here is how this procedure works.

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  • Pain Management: Tendinitis & Bursitis

    Pain Management: Tendinitis & Bursitis

    Inflammation of the Tendon and Bursa Often Associated with Overuse - Tendinitis is inflammation of tissues connecting muscle to bone; Bursitis is inflammation of bursae sacks acting as cushions between joints.
    Tendinitis & Bursitis Facts & Information - These conditions are inflammation of the soft tissue around muscles and bones. Treatment often includes RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Signs which require immediate treatment would include a rapid progression of pain, redness, and swelling, or the inability to move the joint or extremity.

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  • Using Psychology to Find Pain Relief

    Using Psychology to Find Pain Relief

    If you find being in pain has left you feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or a little grumpy, you aren’t alone. These emotions are very common among people living with ongoing pain. Pain can upend every aspect of our lives -- from how we move, sleep, think, feel, and interact with others to earning a living and doing the things that we love most. That can be an awful lot to deal with. A field of psychology called pain psychology can help.

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