Fibromyalgia is a common chronic pain syndrome that affects 4% of people in the United States. This pain is typically characterized by chronic widespread pain, fatigue, and tenderness to the touch. This syndrome affects ligaments and muscles and is usually present for many years by the time … [Read more...] about Treatment Options for Fibromyalgia
Back pain is one of the most common pain complaints that pain management physicians see. 80% of individuals will experience some sort of acute back pain in their lifetime while others may suffer from chronic pain as a result of a condition or injury. Several different factors can attribute to back … [Read more...] about Interventional Treatment Options for Lower Back Pain
Sleep is key to your body’s overall health. But if you experience chronic pain, sleep can become problematic. In fact, sleep disturbances are present in 67%-88% of all chronic pain cases. ‘Sleep disturbances’ is a catchall phrase for any type of difficulty sleeping. The most … [Read more...] about How Does Chronic Pain Affect Sleep?
Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is the term used for continued pain a patient has after an unsuccessful back surgery. The patient is usually referred to a pain management specialist to treat existing pain. The goal of spinal surgery is to decompress a nerve root or to stabilize a … [Read more...] about Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Living with chronic pain is often associated with a decreased quality of life, diminished state-of-mind, can put a lot of stress on one’s mental health. When your body aches, you know the pain is just not “in your head” and the discomfort is real. Pain becomes your whole … [Read more...] about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain
Since the dawn of time, there is one thing that has remained the same: pain. Humans have always experienced pain, and we always will. There is nothing more useful and treacherous than pain. In a sense, it teaches us what is hot, sharp, poisonous, and alerts our body of injury. But pain is dreadful … [Read more...] about The History of Pain Management
There are a lot of options for treating pain without the use of narcotics. The opioid epidemic is spreading across the nation at frightening rates. Many state laws are cracking down on opioid prescriptions to prevent excessive prescribing. However, this leaves many chronic pain patients … [Read more...] about Non-Opioid Treatment Options for Chronic Pain
The Dorsal Root Ganglion (DRG) is a small bundle of nerves connected to each vertebra along your spine. The DRG is critical in processing pain signals and transmitting them to your brain. They have a particularly important role in how you experience pain. The DRG act as the body’s internal traffic … [Read more...] about Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
The field of pain management typically deals with traditional methods for evaluating, diagnosing, and treating various types of acute and chronic pain. However, as more research develops and the field of medicine progresses, physicians are able to learn about the complex intricacies of pain. This … [Read more...] about How Can Interventional Pain Management Help Relieve Chronic Pain?