Vagus Nerve Stimulation: What You Should Know

Overview Thirty to 40 percent of people with epilepsy don’t fully respond to anti-seizure drugs. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a technique used to treat epilepsy when other treatments haven’t worked. It can also be used as a treatment for hard-to-treat depression that hasn’t responded to typical therapies.

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 …

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Medical technology is growing every day. Even those with chronic pain can hold out hope for a new technology to relieve them quickly and efficiently. Spinal cord stimulation has been around for a while, but it is mostly used as a last resort. It is for people whose therapies have not worked and they are …

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 …

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 …

Beyond the Cosmetic: Botox for Pain Management

Botox can be a safe, noninvasive alternative to surgery for certain health conditions. Emmy and Tony-award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth admitted to Prevention Magazine back in 2011 that she gets Botox (botulinum toxin) regularly, but not for the reason you’d think.

A Game for Pain? The World of Virtual Reality, Part I

Imagine yourself gliding down an icy canyon while it’s lightly snowing, feeling a wet, cold snowball in your hand as you throw it at an igloo – this is the world of virtual reality (VR). Luke Moore shares the power of VR in getting him through the intense pain of cleansing burn wounds on his …

A Game for Pain? The World of Virtual Reality, Part II

Imagine yourself gliding down an icy canyon while it’s lightly snowing, feeling a wet, cold snowball in your hand as you throw it at an igloo – this is the world of virtual reality (VR). Luke Moore shares the power of VR in getting him through the intense pain of cleansing burn wounds on his …