The Secret Signs of Drug Abuse

This week is Red Ribbon Week until October 31st. Run by National Family Partnership (NFP), Red Ribbon Week brings drug awareness to the nation. Since 1985, Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. The Red Ribbon campaign brings hope to families that are …

Bad to the Bone: How to Overcome Bone and Joint Pain

The skeleton provides the main structural support of the body. The entire skeleton is remodeled and replaced with new bone every 7 years before the age of 40. Once we reach beyond 45 years of age, it’s highly likely that we will experience some sort of bone pain. 

Breast Cancer

Beating Breast Cancer Pain: What You Need to Know

Those who are battling breast cancer are bound to feel pain at some point. It may result from the cancer itself or from the treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or other therapies. Regardless of the stage of the cancer, pain can occur. In fact, as many as 50% of cancer patients with pain may …

The Secret World of Depression: Physical Symptoms of Silent Suffering

You may know the obvious signs of depression or what has become the “norm” for depression symptoms. Similar to what you might see in TV commercials, sadness, hopelessness, “loss of interest”, are typical signs of someone with depression. But how can you really tell from someone’s physical symptoms that they may have depression? If they …

Pain You Should Never Ignore

There are certain types of pain that we can brush off as a one-time thing. Maybe the pain lasts for a few days and it goes away, and it doesn’t occur again. With any symptom of acute pain, chronic pain could develop if it lasts for 3 months or more. Chronic pain is typically not …

World Heart Day: Pain as a Warning Sign of Heart Disease

World Heart Day is on September 29th this year, and is the World Heart Federation’s largest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease. As you may know, heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death around the world. Despite its prevalence, heart disease is actually preventable.

How to Alleviate Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common condition that nearly 75% of people experience at some point in their lifetime. Women, older adults, and those involved in whiplash injuries from car accidents are at increased risk. Here are some tips to keep day-to-day neck pain under control.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Ovarian Cancer Month: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Like every awareness month, we should always be wary of a disease like cancer, not just for a month but for the entire year. Ovarian cancer has been deemed “the silent killer” because symptoms do not arise until the cancer has begun to spread. Below, I have provided some …

September is Pain Awareness Month: A Letter from Dr. Christo

In my career as a pain specialist, I am consistently impressed by the strength and courage of my patients in their battle with pain.  Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, a number greater than those who are affected by cancer, heart disease, and diabetes COMBINED.  Pain has become a national epidemic, and yet …

Interventional Pain Procedures for Cancer Pain

Interventional pain management procedures are a specialized form of pain treatment, and can be quite helpful. These treatments can be provided instead of medications, or integrative therapies, or along with those treatments. Sometimes, interventions can facilitate physical therapy, improve function, speed recovery, and improve quality of life, especially at the end of life.