Interrupting Pain to the Brain: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Part II

We’re going to delve into how we can suppress pain by stimulating a nerve the lies in the neck called, the vagus nerve. The therapy is called vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and it’s a newly explored therapy for pain that requires surgical implantation. There are even newly developed, transcutaneous forms that may help with headache …

Interrupting Pain to the Brain: Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Part I

We’re going to delve into how we can suppress pain by stimulating a nerve the lies in the neck called, the vagus nerve. The therapy is called vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and it’s a newly explored therapy for pain that requires surgical implantation. There are even newly developed, transcutaneous forms that may help with headache …

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

We’ll delve into the causes and symptoms of this puzzling and life-altering pain disorder. Ballerina Cynthia Toussaint, shares her unbelievable story about how a minor thigh injury resulted in a complete life transformation. Dr. Robert Schwartzman, CRPS specialist from Drexel University will unravel the mystery behind some of the treatments, including a controversial therapy known as …

Headaches

Jennifer Jett, migraine sufferer will provide insight into the ways she moved beyond a life filled with debilitating migraines, and then Dr. Jason Rosenberg, Johns Hopkins headache specialist will discuss effective pain-relieving strategies for headaches.

Regenerative Biomedicine for Pain: Platelet Rich Plasma

Regenerative therapies for pain are new and rapidly evolving. This innovative field includes platelet rich plasma (PRP) that was introduced in the 1970s. PRP is made from our own blood. Physicians inject concentrated platelets, growth factors, and proteins into a specific area of the body, and this mixture helps the body rebuild itself. PRP enabled …

Pacing the Brain for Pain: Motor Cortex Stimulation, Part II

When all hope is lost and you’re at your breaking point due to pain, electrical stimulation of the brain may be a way out. This is known as motor cortex stimulation (MCS). Although not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for pain control, MCS is particularly promising for unyielding facial and stroke pain. Tracey Zappola shares …

Pacing the Brain for Pain: Motor Cortex Stimulation, Part I

When all hope is lost and you’re at your breaking point due to pain, electrical stimulation of the brain may be a way out. This is known as motor cortex stimulation (MCS). Although not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for pain control, MCS is particularly promising for unyielding facial and stroke pain. Tracey Zappola shares …

Pain on the Battlefield

Pain is the #1 complaint of soldiers fighting for our country. Derek McGinnis, a young military veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart will trace the events that led to his leg amputation, and how a simple nerve block became a lifesaver. Dr. Trip Buckenmaier from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center will share some …

Accidents, Technology, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Neck trauma, whiplash injury, and even common things like keyboard typing and computer use can all trigger symptoms that may affect up to 8% of the population. We’ll hear how Rachel overcame disabling hand numbness, weakness, and neck pain that jeopardized her job and left her hopeless. Then, noted surgeon and thoracic outlet syndrome expert …

Soothing Scents of Aromatherapy Part I

Do you like the scent of spices in your kitchen or flowers in your garden? More of us are turning to aromatherapy as an option for alleviating pain, managing stress, and enhancing relaxation. Anne Hill suffered from 25 years of sinusitis pressure and pain.  She’ll discuss how a combination of essential oils has produced benefits …