Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Part I

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is non-invasive and produces electrical stimulation in the brain. It targets the outer layer of the brain called the cerebral cortex, and may help correct areas inside the brain that have been altered due to chronic pain. TMS is FDA approved for major depression and recently, a handheld form is approved …

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 …

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 …

ComfortSafe: Innovations in Anesthesia

If you have pain and need surgery, you’ll want to hear about this new anesthetic technique called “ComfortSafe.” It’s used for patients who don’t want to or can’t tolerate typical anesthesia with opioids. Using ComfortSafe can also help avoid the side effects of general anesthesia, like nausea, vomiting, and confusion. Our first guest, Chris Bedard, …

Statistics of Americans in pain.

Research Proves Americans Are in Pain

More Americans are turning to complementary health approaches like yoga and meditation to help manage pain than ever before. One of the most challenging parts of suffering from persistent pain due to physical or mental health conditions, post-surgical pain and other debilitating illnesses is the overwhelming feeling that you are alone in your struggle. This …

Text Neck Pain, Part II

Since the term, “Text Neck” was coined in 2008, we’ve been seeing more patients with neck pain and headaches. “Text Neck” or now “Tech Neck” is felt to be a repetitive strain injury from constantly looking down to type or read text messages, answer emails or checking social media sites. First, a rare interview with …

Text Neck Pain, Part I

Since the term, “Text Neck” was coined in 2008, we’ve been seeing more patients with neck pain and headaches. “Text Neck” or now “Tech Neck” is felt to be a repetitive strain injury from constantly looking down to type or read text messages, answer emails or checking social media sites. First, a rare interview with …