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The Latest In Pain Research And Alternative Treatments This Month

This month on Pain Doctor, we covered everything from the latest in pain research to alternative treatments (and how to afford them) to the most stressful life events (and how to handle them). The latest pain research  One of the most exciting breakthroughs in pain research and treatment was the [...]

By |2016-11-17T10:21:52-07:00February 26th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Opioids In The News

Opioids have dominated medical news in the past several years, and with good reason. With opioid deaths reaching a new peak of over 47,000 people in the U.S. in 2014, more and more medical professionals, lawmakers, and patients are realizing that this class of medications, once touted as a miracle [...]

By |2016-11-17T10:21:58-07:00February 25th, 2016|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Opioids In The News

Do Opioid Legislations And Regulations Work?

A question many chronic pain patients ask is do opioid legislations and regulations work? The answer isn't cut and dry. One of the most pressing issues in medicine these days is also one of the most complicated. There is a fine balance between appropriate, responsible prescribing of opioids for patients [...]

By |2016-11-17T10:22:13-07:00February 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Do Opioid Legislations And Regulations Work?

What Is Kratom?

Imagine an all-natural treatment that works like opioids for chronic pain but without the risk of dependence and resistance. This treatment promises a feeling of euphoria in smaller doses or a feeling of pain-free calm in larger amounts. This medicine can be taken in pill form; as a powder mixed [...]

By |2016-11-17T16:48:41-07:00December 8th, 2015|Tags: , |1 Comment

CDC Releases Controversial New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain now affects more people in the U.S than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. While chronic pain has been around as long as humans, diagnosis of pain has grown due to increased awareness and better diagnostic instruments. Along with an increase [...]

By |2016-11-17T16:57:48-07:00October 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

Living With Osteoarthritis Of The Knees And Hips

In 2007, arthritis and conditions related to it cost the U.S. economy almost $128 billion in medical care and indirect expenses. The most widespread form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis. Osteoarthritis is characterized by the chronic degeneration of the cartilage that cushions our [...]

By |2016-11-17T10:31:28-07:00October 18th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Living With Osteoarthritis Of The Knees And Hips

Treating Chronic Pain With A Whole-Body Approach

At Pain Doctor, we believe that treating chronic pain effectively is done by considering the patient holistically. That's why we incorporate as many research articles on innovative techniques, mind-body approaches, and lifestyle changes into our discussions about treating pain. We know that pain is different for every person, so we [...]

By |2016-11-17T10:44:36-07:00February 27th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Treating Chronic Pain With A Whole-Body Approach

The Future Of Pain Meds

In the mid-1990s prescriptions for pain meds skyrocketed as oxycodone came to market. Chronic pain sufferers were hopeful that this new formula would bring an end to their pain. It worked for some, but not all. What happened instead in many areas was an epidemic of over prescription and a [...]

Reducing Risks Of Prescription Painkillers

For some chronic pain patients, prescription painkillers are a part of the treatment plan. The risks of long-term use of opioids have been well-documented and include things like dependence, loss of efficacy, and sleep apnea or depressed breathing. Being aware of the risks is just the first step of safely [...]

By |2016-11-17T10:44:55-07:00February 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Reducing Risks Of Prescription Painkillers

Opioids And The Military

Soldiers returning from battle continue their fight on the home front, but the enemy is often invisible. Many military veterans don’t want to talk about it and don’t want to admit it, but after their tour of duty, injury and chronic pain earned in battle often follows them home. Nearly [...]