Pain Due to Smartphones

We live in an increasingly connected world. Smartphones allow us to stay constantly in touch with friends and family, up-to-date on the latest news, constantly checking in on social media, and for some of us, connected to work 24/7. According to the Pew Research Center, 64% of Americans now own a smartphone, which is up …

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

How often have you said, “This pain will never go away?” Persistent negative beliefs can maintain and amplify pain. Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on approach to therapy, and can have remarkable results.. It helps patients cope with pain, and even more. It changes how our brain …

Back Care Awareness Week

Lower back pain is one of the most common disabilities in the Western world. It affects about 80% of Americans at some point during their lives. It’s also the most common reason to miss work, and the second-most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. In order to support Back Care Awareness Week, here …

My Favorite Blogs: Advancing in Overall Pain Awareness

The medical field is an ongoing and evolving profession that is constantly in search of the next treatment for our patients’ ailments.  I began blogging as a way to provide the most current and important information to my patients and the public, as well as a way for me to stay on top of the …

Pain is the Number One Health Problem

In one of my more popular radio show episodes, “American’s Biggest Health Problem” http://paulchristomd.com/pain-americas-biggest-health-problem-part-i/.  I discuss the chronic pain crisis with award-winning health journalist and author Judy Foreman. Her book, A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problem, covers surprising and comprehensive research into what many consider our biggest health concern today. Judy said …

My Favorite Episodes: Providing a Voice for Living in Pain

I created my radio show, Aches and Gains, to provide a voice for the more than 100 million people in need of relief from living in pain.  Celebrities, public figures, health practitioners and pain experts share their stories of struggle and success on the show every week, helping to lessen the stigma that’s all too …

The Power of Advocacy in Coping with Chronic Pain

“When I was young and sick and alone, I had to create my own tribe.” By Jenni Prokopy, Founder – ChronicBabe.com It’s been almost 20 years since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. At first, I heard a lot of this: “You’re too young to be sick!” and this: “What a shame to suffer at such …

pain awareness month 2015

Spotlight on Pain: Understanding The Physical & Emotional Impact

One-third of the U.S. adult population suffers from chronic pain. Since establishing September as Pain Awareness Month in 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) has continued to keep pain and pain management issues in the public eye through Partners for Understanding Pain, a consortium consisting of 80 organizations, which include health-condition-specific groups as well …

Women have a higher risk of developing chronic pain than men.

How Hormones Alter the Path of Pain in Men and Women

The way men’s and women’s bodies trigger and respond to pain is just one more difference between the two genders. You can tell if someone is at greater risk than others for developing chronic pain later in life from the very moment they are born. How can this be? A majority of the 100 million Americans …