Blog Archive

Track Your Health with NeuroFlow® Apr 1st, 2021

You’re in pain and it’s all you can do to put a smile on your face and get through the day. Try as you might, your condition overshadows your physical, mental, and emotional health and you feel lost. We know it may be of little consolation to know that you’re...

Occupational Medicine helps you get your life back. Mar 3rd, 2021

One day you’re leading a happy and productive life and, the next, you’re nursing an injury that not only prevents you from earning a living, but limits your personal life, too. To get you back on track, physically and mentally, we offer occupational medicine. The team here at Commonwealth Pain...

Consider These Benefits of Hemp Oil Feb 2nd, 2021

Hemp oil isn’t new to health care and has been used for millennia to treat everything from anxiety to arthritis, with great success.  Recognizing its potential role in pain management, our team here at Commonwealth Pain & Spine is pleased to offer our own line of broad spectrum CBD (cannabidiol)...

How To Get Relief for Your Sciatica Jan 1st, 2021

Whether it’s your first experience with sciatica or you’ve struggled with the painful condition before, you know that finding relief from this type of discomfort is a top priority. Thankfully, our team here at Commonwealth Pain & Spine has the same priority, which is why we’re focusing on sciatica here....

Treating Your Chronic Pain with Physical Therapy Dec 1st, 2020

When you’re in pain, the mere mention of physical therapy may make you cringe because you assume it means working out. The reality is that physical therapy goes far beyond simply exercising as we turn to the latest advances in biomechanical therapies to get you back to pain-free movement. Our...

Why Regenerative Medicine Might Be Right for You Nov 1st, 2020

There are dramatic examples of the regenerative powers in living organisms — the lizard that can regrow a tail or the octopus a new tentacle. Humans also contain regenerative capabilities, but our resources aren’t as strong, and they can weaken with age. Through regenerative medicine, our goal is to make...

When You Should Consider Epidural Steroid Injections Oct 1st, 2020

If you consider the role your lower back plays in your life, supporting your upper body and providing you with mobility and range of motion, it's little wonder that this hard-working area is vulnerable to painful problems. And when they strike, your life can be limited in some very significant...

Sleep and Posture Tips for Reducing Chronic Pain Sep 2nd, 2020

You’ve likely heard throughout your life that your posture is important — whether it was your mother at the dinner table or a friend counseling you to sit up straight for an interview. As musculoskeletal experts, we’re going to add pain management to the long list of reasons why posture...

How to Manage Phantom Limb Pain Aug 14th, 2020

Surgeons perform 30,000 to 40,000 amputations each year in the United States, and phantom limb pain (PLP) is one of the more common, and frustrating, side effects. While effectively managing pain of an identifiable problem presents certain challenges, PLP is an entirely different matter, since you’re registering symptoms in a...

Is Arthritis Curable? Jul 16th, 2020

The prevalence of joint disease in the United States is large and growing larger each year as our population ages. The most recent numbers from the CDC show that more than 54 million have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and that number is expected to grow to 78 million by 2040.  As these...

What to do About Recurrent Migraines Jun 15th, 2020

On a global level, migraines are the third most common illness and the sixth most disabling. Bringing the numbers closer to home, approximately four million people in the United States suffer from chronic migraines — which is defined as having at least 15 migraine days per month. While we can...

Commonwealth Pain and Spine Partners with NeuroFlow to Support Behavioral Health of Patients Jun 4th, 2020

Commonwealth Pain and Spine Partners with NeuroFlow to Support Behavioral Health of Patients During COVID-19 and Beyond. May 27, 2020 - Commonwealth Pain and Spine, a leading pain management practice with a dozen locations throughout Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois serving roughly 25,000 patients, announces a partnership with NeuroFlow, a mental...

When is Medication the Best Treatment for Chronic Pelvic Pain? May 22nd, 2020

Most women are familiar with pelvic pain to some degree as menstrual cycles can lead to discomfort in this area each month. But chronic problems with pelvic pain typically signal a much larger issue that may require a higher standard of care, including medications. At Commonwealth Pain and Spine Pain...

Why Radiofrequency Ablation May be the Best Solution for Your Chronic Back Pain Apr 17th, 2020

The number of people who struggle with back and neck pain across the United States reaches into the millions — in fact, 80% of adults report some experience with lower back pain during the course of their lives. What most of these people share in common is a desire to...

Learn About Our Kyphoplasty Back Pain Treatment Mar 1st, 2020

A whopping 54 million adults over the age of 50 in the United States are at risk of breaking a bone due to osteoporosis and low bone density. And many of these breaks can occur along your spine as your vertebrae weaken and collapse. To restore your spine and relieve...

How a Genicular Nerve Block Can Alleviate Knee Pain Feb 19th, 2020

Americans are no strangers to knee pain — in fact, nearly one million people seek knee replacement surgery each year in the United States. But if you’re anxious about surgical measures, there are other options that can bring you relief, such as a genicular nerve block. At Commonwealth Pain &...

Chronic Pelvic Pain: 5 Injections That Can Offer Relief Jan 21st, 2020

Chronic pelvic pain is common but sometimes difficult to discuss with others and complicated to diagnose. Studies estimate that up to 33% of women of childbearing age experience chronic pelvic pain, which is defined as pain associated with the pelvic region that lasts for more than six months. This type...

How Your Weight Affects Your Sciatica Pain Dec 6th, 2019

Being overweight or obese is bad for multiple reasons. It can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and more. But there’s another health condition that obesity affects, and you may not even realize it.  If you have sciatica, you know that you have a compressed...

Spotting the Warning Signs of a Herniated Disc Oct 31st, 2019

You’ve probably heard of a herniated, slipped, or bulging disc. This common issue affects the rubbery discs found in between the bones of your spine. These areas, known as intervertebral discs, cushion the vertebrae in your spine and give it flexibility. But when one of your discs sustains damage, its...

How Does Diabetes Cause Neuropathy? Oct 1st, 2019

A common misconception about diabetes is that it is a painless condition that presents little to no risks or concerns. Patients who have diabetes often report feeling a tingling sensation in their toes or pain in their feet. Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication associated with diabetes whose symptoms range...

When is a Nerve Block the Best Solution? Aug 31st, 2019

An estimated 20.4% of American adults — that’s 50 million people — suffer from chronic pain. Of those, some 19.6 million suffer from what is called high-impact chronic pain. That means they have persistent pain with substantial restrictions on their activity lasting for six months or more. It’s no wonder...

What’s Involved In a Psychological Assessment For Pain? Aug 1st, 2019

Approximately 32 million people in the United States report problems with chronic pain and, of that number, anywhere from one quarter to one half report symptoms of depression. Going a step further, 65% of those who have depression complain of physical pain. In a never-ending cycle, your psychological health can...

Regenerative Medicine: A Breakthrough in Treating Arthritis Pain Jul 19th, 2019

With 350 million arthritis sufferers worldwide, and about 40 million people here in the United States affected by arthritis, it’s no wonder that pain medication alone is no longer the “cure-all” solution to this joint disease. Today’s arthritis treatments often include dietary changes, alternative therapies, and pain management methods such...

How New and Improved Spinal Cord Stimulators Offer Drug-Free Relief From Chronic Back Pain Jun 17th, 2019

worldwide, about 50% of all working Americans report having back pain at some point each year. For most men and women, it’s a temporary condition that rest and minor treatment can remedy. For some, though, back pain can occur frequently or never go away. Men and women who suffer from...

What Spinal Stenosis Is & How Spinal Cord Stimulation Can Help Nov 6th, 2018

What is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal stenosis puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves within the spine. It commonly occurs in the neck and lower back. The condition is often caused by age-related wear and tear. What is Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)? Spinal cord stimulation uses a device called a...

Yoga for Lower Back Pain Jul 4th, 2018

Yoga’s extremely beneficial for those who want to be healthier or in better shape overall, both physically and mentally. It’s also a great way to help reduce lower back pain and other types of chronic pain. A quick Google search produces an assortment of tips, guides and methods for using yoga...

The Latest CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids Apr 4th, 2018

The Center for Disease Control or CDC published its latest Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in March of 2016. They help medical professionals prescribe opioids to patients 18 and older. The guidelines are recommendations, not law. What the Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids Focuses On The guidelines focus on prescribing opioids to patients suffering from chronic...

Reasons to Monitor Your Resting Heart Rate Jan 4th, 2018

Keeping tabs on your resting heart rate is crucial when it comes to taking certain types of medications, being on certain types of treatments, and with varying health conditions such as MS or heart conditions. By recording your resting heart rate, you can help your healthcare professional determine if a treatment is...

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Few Facts About a Common Pain Disorder Nov 2nd, 2017

Although back pain may not receive as much attention as more life-threatening diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, it is still nothing to scoff at. Back pain conditions and disorders are the primary cause of disabilities for Americans under 45. The United States spends about $86 billion on treatments...

Chronic Back Pain: More Than Just an Annoyance Oct 2nd, 2017

Though it is not always discussed as frequently in the United States, chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer put together. Chronic pain (and back pain in particular) afflicts millions of Americans, who, in turn, spend $86 billion every year to treat it. For example, 20%...

Hope for Chronic Back Pain Sep 1st, 2017

There is hope for patients with chronic neck and back pain; thanks to an innovative procedure. Unfortunately, back pain will affect 80% of all adults at some point in their lives. While most back pain is temporary and lasts only a couple of weeks or months; some people experience chronic...

Gain Without Pain: Effective Pain Management Options Aug 1st, 2017

Chronic body pain can be a major obstacle for anyone to overcome. Conditions such as chronic back pain or neck pain are often burdensome and, at times, debilitating. Everyday tasks such as sitting down, writing with a pen, or even walking can be difficult for those who suffer from chronic...