Headaches are one of the most prevalent disorders of the nervous system. Sufferers can experience varying levels of severity, according to the World Health Organization. The different causes of headaches are misunderstood by most people. This is particularly true for those dealing with migraine headaches. There’s a tendency to believe that once an individual has been diagnosed with migraines, any and all of their headaches must be migraines. Dr. Sloane Yu, an interventional pain medicine physician at Allied Pain & Spine Institute, sets the record straight regarding this common misconception. She explains that individuals suffering from migraines will also often experience other types of headaches. In other words, migraine sufferers are not immune to the dozens of other headache disorders. Continue reading.
On the cusp of the next wave of advancements in spinal procedures, robot-guided spine surgery is a significant development and major technological trend to watch for in 2019. The method has proven to modernize traditional spinal surgeries with greater accuracy and safety. Images taken from a CT scan are used to design a unique blueprint for each case. This allows surgeons to carefully plan and consider all aspects of surgery before setting foot in the operating room. As such, when the surgery takes place, 3D computerized planning and robot-guidance ensures that each surgical instrument is placed and used accurately. With smaller incisions, less operative bleeding, faster recovery and less time spent in the hospital, patients benefit from greater precision and reproducible outcomes that help them return to their active lifestyles. Without question, robot-guidance is promising and exciting, perhaps defining the future of spine surgery. Continue reading.
If you’ve lived with pain for a long period of time, you understand that the effects of it extend beyond your injury or condition. In fact, most individuals claim that living with chronic pain dramatically compromises their overall quality of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that chronic pain is one of the most common reasons that adults in America seek medical care. Unfortunately, this often leads to restriction of daily activities, dependence on medications (opioids), anxiety, depression and poor perceived health. With this in mind, there is a movement towards interventional methods for pain management, including specific exercises, electrotherapy, injections and a psychological component of mindfulness. Continue reading.
A chronic pain condition believed to stem from peripheral or central nervous system damage or dysfunction, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is associated with excessive “burning” and “pins and needles” type of pain in one limb. The pain condition, which is also referred to as RSD, may also be characterized by changes in skin color, temperature, swelling of the affected limb (arm, leg, hand or foot), stiffness in the affected joint, lack of coordination and muscle tremors. As such, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explains that the symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome vary in intensity and duration, and some cases go away, while others result in long-term disability. Continue reading.
Building upon the enormous progress made in 2018, people are continuing to embrace ancient practices with new age, earth-friendly remedies for health and wellness. Editors at Well + Good emphasize the growing hunger for CBD or cannabidiol, which is a non-intoxicating compound found in hemp and cannabis plants that’s believed to relieve anxiety, insomnia, pain and inflammation. While it’s part of an unregulated industry right now, it’s believed that 2019 will be the year that CBD brands will harness sustainable sourcing, transparency and giving back as a way to set themselves apart from questionable players in the market. Ultimately, the regulation of CBD will set the stage for a multitude of new and exciting products. Continue reading.
The way that chronic pain is being treated is changing all around the world. A staggering 37% of people in developed countries are recorded as suffering from chronic pain. Treating symptoms and patients waiting for long periods for a specific treatment are not viable options for addressing the problem. A multidisciplinary approach allows healthcare professionals to deliver tailored treatment plans to patients that provide pain relief or effectively address the underlying issue. Continue reading.
In the United States, we can’t escape pain, as reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with a large portion of the American population suffering from some form of severe or ongoing pain. While acute causes of pain such as a broken arm or torn ligament are relatively straightforward, chronic pain is complex. From headaches to backaches and arthritis, this form of pain dramatically affects one’s quality of life on a daily basis. What’s more, chronic pain is subjective and different for each person. Therefore, effective treatment requires an intentional approach and combination of therapies that are tailored for each patient. Continue reading.
An essential component of health and wellness, a healthy spine is often overlooked, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Yet, with as many as 80% of today’s population experiencing some degree of back pain, it is vital to pay attention to spinal health. While genetics or injuries are out of your control, there are lifestyle choices and habits that’ll help keep your back in good shape. Continue reading.
Are you trading your body pain for stomach problems? Many people manage their chronic pain with the use of opioids or NSAIDs (ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain relievers). While patients may experience a reduction in their pain, it often comes with gastrointestinal consequences. Patients may suffer from constipation, heartburn, diarrhea and other stomach problems as a result of this pain management regime. Is there a way to effectively relieve your pain without disturbing your gut? Continue reading.
When it comes to leg pain, there are a number of considerations, including the type of pain one is experiencing and its location. For instance, suppose an individual is experiencing pain and numbness in both legs. While the pain comes and goes, it is becoming more of a nuisance, often causing a throbbing and burning sensation. In this case and many others, obtaining an accurate diagnosis is key to establishing a suitable treatment to reduce pain and improve function.