News Category: Pain

A Review of Management of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is constant pain that lasts long after the expected time frame of healing. For instance, if you roll your ankle you would expect that ankle to be painful for the length of time that it takes for the ligaments and tendons to heal—say a week or so depending […]

A Closer Look at Worker Compensation Patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

In this article, Richard Deyo, MD presents us with new information about worker compensation patients who have chronic back and/or leg pain following spinal surgery. This condition is often called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Most people return to normal function and work quickly after back surgery. But in the […]

When Opioid Pain Relievers Stop Working

What do 100 million Americans have in common? Pain. Chronic pain. Pain so persistent and so severe that it interferes with daily function. If you aren’t one of those people, it’s likely you know someone or maybe even several people who fall into that category. Many people experiencing chronic pain […]

What To Do About chronic Pain

When you don’t know how to fix something, it’s tempting to set it aside and just forget about it. But when that “something” is pain — well, there are 116 million adults in the United States alone looking for some help. And telling them “it’s all in your head” or […]

One Treatment Model for All Chronic Pain Patients

If you suffer from chronic pain or if you provide help to those who do, the information in this article will be of interest to you. It comes from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. The basic idea is that chronic […]

First Step in Screening for Nerve Pain

Nerve pain (also known as neuropathic pain) is difficult to diagnose and measure. Patients often describe the pain as “burning” or like “electric shocks.” Others may report itching, numbness, or a pins and needles sensation. The source of neuropathic pain is not always easy to locate. It could be coming […]

How and Why Pain Starts, Stays, and Spreads

What do these conditions have in common: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), fibromyalgia, headache, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and post-surgical pain? If you guessed “pain,” you were right. And not just pain but chronic (long-lasting) pain. For the last 25 years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have […]

Pain Management With Acupuncture

Acupuncture as a healing tool has been around for many, many years. In fact, it is one of the oldest medical arts. The use of modern acupuncture is increasing in popularity for pain and other health conditions. In this report, Dr. Ji-Sheng Han from the Neuroscience Research Institute and Department […]

What To Do About Chronic Sacroiliac Joint Pain

How can patients with pain in the low back pain, leg, sacrum, pelvis, or buttocks coming from the sacroiliac joint (SIJ) get relief? For the last 10 years, radiofrequency denervation (using radio waves to destroy nerve tissue) has been used as an alternative treatment. It’s time to evaluate the results […]

Predicting Chronic Pain After Peripheral Nerve Injuries

Pain is a funny thing. Two people can have the same injury and still experience pain completely differently. After some nerve injuries, there are individuals who just never fully recover. They have pain (referred to as chronic pain) the rest of their lives. Why is that? Why do some people […]

Changing Views about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Scientists in The Netherlands have added a new piece to the mystery of treating complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a very painful disorder that affects people after a seemingly minor injury sometimes. The problem is not understood very well. Doctors don’t know what causes it or why it […]

Summary of Studies on Long-Term Opioid Use

People who have severe, chronic pain may be given the option of taking opioid medications (narcotics) to help manage their pain and live some semblance of a normal life. For those who are not facing end-of-life issues with cancer, this can become a life-long management tool. Whenever opioids are discussed, […]

Something New About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) are faced with some very unpleasant symptoms. The first is unrelenting burning or aching pain followed by skin sensitivity, swelling, discoloration, sweating, and temperature changes. The most commonly affected area of the body is the hand or foot, but the symptoms can spread […]

What to Do About Chronic Pain in Older Adults

When you’re younger, it may be easier to shrug off pain or work through it. The old expression, No pain, no gain is the mantra of many athletes. But as we get older, pain has a way of getting us down faster and keeping us there longer. We don’t bounce […]

Why Opioid Pain Relievers Don’t Always Work

Most everyone knows narcotic pain killers like morphine, Percocet, and Vicodin are powerful. Doctors prescribe them with caution because although they relieve pain, they also have some nasty side effects. Addiction being one of those effects. But sometimes physicians are too cautious not realizing that some people require 10 to […]

Understand Myths in the History of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome, called CRPS, is a little understood but often very disabling condition that can occur after a seemingly small injury or trauma. The pain from the injury is out of proportion of the actual injury and can get worse, rather than better. It usually affects one limb […]

A Powerful Tool for Pain Control: Neurostimulation

Think about your 10 closest friends and/or relatives. Is any one of them in pain today? One out of every 10 Americans suffers from chronic (long-lasting) pain of some type. Have you ever wondered why that person doesn’t just get over it? Scientists, researchers, and pain experts are actively seeking […]

Last Resort for Pain Control: Intrathecal Drug Delivery

Patients with severe, constant pain that has not responded to any other treatment may be candidates for something called intrathecal (IT) drug delivery. Intrathecal means within the spinal canal. The spinal canal is the opening for the spinal cord to travel from the brain down to the bottom of the […]

Siblings’ Risk of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

A group of Dutch scientists have been studying a condition called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). They are pulling together data to help us understand this painful problem. Their studies are carried out and reported through a group called TREND (Trauma RElated Neuronal Dysfunction). This study looks at the likelihood […]