The Pros and Cons of Over the Counter Pain Relief

Over the counter pain relief is a major advantage to living in today’s world. Think about a time before pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or simple ibuprofen (Motrin) were available for headaches, muscle pain, or joint pain. What was life like without them? What did those people do without that relief? Sometimes we take these …

Frequently Asked Questions: How to Choose a Pain Specialist

If you are ready to take the next step from your regular physician to a pain specialist, there are many options that you should consider before going. First, you should ask your doctor who they recommend. If you trust your doctor, they may be able to provide you with information and resources to consider. Next, …

Men’s Health Week: Five Pain Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

The week leading up to Father’s Day is National Men’s Health Week. Take the time to make sure that the men in your life are healthy and keeping up with their health needs. There are many ways that men can improve their health and improving their chronic pain is just one of those steps. Simple …

Opioids and Chronic Pain: What You Should Know

It has been 7 weeks since Prince passed away from an unintentional opioid overdose. Prince suffered from chronic pain after a hip surgery in 2010. While his death was tragic, he brought about the discussion of opioid use and chronic pain back to the table. Opioids are an extremely effective way of treating chronic pain. …

Relaxation and Pain Relief

Chronic pain is very complex and so is stress. Stress can actually contribute to chronic pain. If you are under stress and also suffer from chronic pain, you are in luck. There are plenty of relaxation exercises that you can incorporate into your pain-management plan that will both reduce stress and pain. First, we need …

Pain Pumps: What You Need to Know

Pain pumps deliver controlled doses of pain medicine directly to the spinal cord. Pain pumps have been another way to reduce pain since the 1980s. It was originally created as an alternative treatment for unrelieved pain from cancer, and eventually was applied to non-cancerous conditions. The device is actually fairly simple and comfortable for most …

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day: Warning Signs

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day falls on May 20th every year. It was established by the International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis in 2012. The event hosts many nonprofits, advocates, and experts from around the world to provide education and awareness information to patients and the general public. The convention is held online, but it is very …

Arthritis Awareness Month: How to Best Manage Your Pain

May is Arthritis Awareness Month! It may come and go, but osteoarthritis (OA) pain lasts a lifetime. It’s a common cause of joint pain and disability. Simple daily activities like dressing yourself, cleaning, or playing with your kids can become a painful task. There are effective ways to manage your pain so that you can …

How Sleep Helps Manage Pain

Sleep is critical for the body to rejuvenate itself. While you are sleeping, your body is creating new cells, getting rid of old ones, and working to make you healthier. Without 6-9 hours of sleep, your body does not function as highly as it could. A staggering 66% of patients in pain complain of sleep …

Secret Reasons Your Back Hurts

It’s often tough to identify why your back hurts. Maybe you rearranged your furniture, worked out harder than usual, or fell asleep in a weird position. Many times, you just have no idea why your back hurts and you want an answer. Here are some surprising reasons why your back might hurt.