August 16, 2017: The 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Death

Elvis Presley remains the most iconic American musician of all time, even 40 years after his death in 1977. His albums still earn millions of dollars each year, and most artists in the industry today, across many genres attribute their musical inspiration to Elvis. But this successful and charismatic man was living in a great …

women and pain part 2

Women and Pain Part II

Do women experience more pain than men? Is pain more severe in women? Or, are women just overly emotional about their pain? Jennifer Bolen, an attorney and founder of The Legal Side of Pain shares how her own struggle with pain has given her firsthand knowledge of gender disparities in the medical system. Then Dr. …

women and pain

Women and Pain, Part I

Do women experience more pain than men? Is pain more severe in women? Or, are women just overly emotional about their pain? Jennifer Bolen, an attorney and founder of The Legal Side of Pain shares how her own struggle with pain has given her firsthand knowledge of gender disparities in the medical system. Then Dr. …

How JFK’s Back Pain May Have Led to His Death

A resurgence of John F. Kennedy’s pain struggles are in the news after a newly released publication in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. We learned on our JFK show from noted historian Robert Dallek, that Kennedy struggled with substantial low back pain, but he also suffered from an autoimmune disorder that probably lead to  osteoporosis …

marijuana vs opioids

Medical Marijuana Preferred Over Opioids for Managing Pain

A recently published study reports that medical marijuana can be an effective and preferred treatment for pain. It found that 97% of patients said they are able to decrease the amount of opiates they consume when they also use cannabis, and 81% said that using cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition …

acupuncture

Acupuncture Successfully Used as a Replacement for Opioids in Emergency Patients

A recently published study found that acupuncture was a safe alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients arriving at accident and emergency. The study took place in four hospitals in Melbourne, Australia, and was the world’s largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments. It found that the treatment is a low-risk and effective alternative …

Prodigy

Remembering Prodigy: Overcoming Sickle Cell Anemia

Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, passed away June 20, 2017 at age 42 after a life-long struggle with Sickle Cell Anemia. I was fortunate enough to interview Prodigy on my radio show where we had the chance to talk about his childhood, complications with the disease, and how he overcame his pain. He was dedicated to …

Steve Kerr Wins NBA Title Despite Battle with Back Injury

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year, Steve Kerr celebrated his NBA Title win with the Golden State Warriors after missing 11 playoff games this season due to a back injury. As the team celebrated with confetti and champagne, Kerr had a thick bandage around his neck and back. Men in suits followed the Coach …

High Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation, Part II

Neurostimulation is advancing in exciting ways. One such innovation is called high frequency spinal cord stimulation which does not cause a tingling sensation. In fact, it just replaces the pain, with pain relief. Studies suggest that it may better control chronic low back pain too. Robin describes how this new spinal cord stimulator changed her …

Spinal Cord Stimulation

High Frequency Spinal Cord Stimulation, Part I

Neurostimulation is advancing in exciting ways. One such innovation is called high frequency spinal cord stimulation which does not cause a tingling sensation. In fact, it just replaces the pain, with pain relief. Studies suggest that it may better control chronic low back pain too. Robin describes how this new spinal cord stimulator changed her …