The Centers for Disease Control recently issued new recommendations for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, in order to address the opioid epidemic that our country is now facing. At Spine & Nerve, our approach is consistent with the CDC’s guidelines for opioids. The opiate epidemic is a very serious problem, and the care providers at Spine & Nerve Diagnostic Center continue to follow an ever-evolving “best practices” approach that incorporates an integrated, multi-disciplinary pain management plan. Our approach to the treatment of chronic pain includes cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise and other alternative, non-opioid methods of pain relief. […]
An estimated 116 million adults experience chronic pain, according to a report published by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and treatment is all too often “delayed, inaccessible, or inadequate…” according to committee chair Dr. Philip Pizzo of the Stanford University School of Medicine, who co-authored the report. The Academies’ report, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research acknowledges that pain is more than just a physical symptom, and is not always resolved by curing the underlying disease. Chronic pain –defined as pain lasting longer than 12 weeks—is individual and “a disease […]
If you’re having prolonged sleep troubles, you may be 150% more likely to experience back pain. Among women, the correlation between insomnia and back pain is even higher. We’ve long known that insomnia increases a person’s sensitivity to pain in general, but a new study from the University of Haifa in Israel was the first to discover such a strong correlation between insomnia and back pain specifically. The study was well designed. Over 2,000 healthy, working adults came in for routine physical exams at the Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv at three intervals over the course of eight years. […]
Eight out of ten Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, according to the American Chiropractic Association, and back pain is the most common reason for missed days at work. A new study published in the journal Brain Mapping indicates that if you smoke, you’re more likely to experience chronic back pain. Researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University found that smoking may strengthen some of the brain circuitry associated with chronic pain (defined as pain lasting five years or more). Among 160 participants studied over a one-year period, smokers had much stronger […]
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