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 […]
DEA Reclassifies Hydrocodone Combination Products to Schedule II On August 22, 2014, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published the Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to the more-restrictive Schedule II classification. The Final Rule in effective October 6, 2014. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) places substances with accepted medical uses into one of four schedules, with the substances with the highest potential for harm and abuse being placed in Schedule II, and substances with progressively less potential for harm and abuse being placed in Schedules III through V. Schedule I is reserved for those […]
The University of Nottingham located in the United Kingdom published a study in 2008 which looked at the role that the length of people’s fingers may play in predicting osteoarthritis. The researchers at the University of Nottingham studied more than 2,000 people. The conclusion of the study was that people who have an index finger shorter than the ring finger are up to twice as likely to suffer from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a general term, which refers to degeneration of joint cartilage or the bone. This is most commonly associated with age, but some people develop it at an earlier […]
The Healing Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu The body contains energy pathways that feed life into all of the cells. When one or more of these pathways become blocked, the effect can lead to discomfort, pain, illness and injury. Jin Shin Jyutsu (pronounced Gin Shin Jitsu) a Japanese form of acupressure, helps release the tensions that cause these various physical symptoms. By gently applying the hands to a clients’ fully clothed body, Jin Shin Jyutsu re-harmonizes and balances the energy flows. This aids in healing, promotes optimal health and helps the client to feel better. The practice of Jin Shin […]
Fibromyalgia is a condition which in the past has been a diagnosis of exclusion. This meant that a person was only diagnosed with the condition after all other possible causes of pain were ruled out. In the 1990’s, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) made the diagnosis of fibromyalgia more clear cut. The ACR’s definition involved assessing an individual who has widespread chronic pain for tender points. 18 specific tender points in the body were described by the ACR. If an individual had 13 out of 18 tender points, then they would meet the criteria for fibromyalgia. Recently the diagnosis […]
Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, are nerve, muscle, and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move and function. Physiatrists are medical doctors who have completed training in the medical specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Specifically, rehabilitation physicians: Diagnose and treat pain Restore maximum function lost through injury, illness or disabling conditions Treat the whole person, not just the problem area Lead a team of medical professionals Provide non-surgical treatments Explain your medical problems and treatment/prevention plan The job of a rehabilitation physician is to treat any disability resulting from disease or injury, from sore […]
Many people come to our office with complaints of numbness and tingling or pain in their feet. Most people simply want to know what’s may be causing their symptoms. Some people have been told that it may be coming from their back. Others have been told that it may be a circulation problem or symptoms of diabetes. While all these conditions are possible causes of numbness, tingling or pain, an often overlooked but common cause of these symptoms is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome (TTS). TTS is basically the equivalent of carpal tunnel syndrome of the foot and ankle. TTS is a […]
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