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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 Nov 1st, 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? Sep 1st, 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...