Heart Disease

Why Are African-Americans At Greater Risk of Heart Disease?

February is American Heart Month. It is also Black History Month. Now is the time to reflect on the contributions of African Americans to the American experience, and to learn a little bit more about yourself and those around you. The juxtaposition of these two observances is an occasion to examine heart health and pain among African Americans.

Heart Disease

What Baby Boomers Need to Know to Prevent Heart Disease

Heart disease is the top killer for women and men in the United States, especially for those in their 50s, 60s and 70s. Heart disease is becoming an epidemic that must be addressed not just by medications and frequent screenings, but by lifestyle changes. Among the baby boomer generation, Americans born between 1945 through 1964 …

Neck Pain

Top 3 Exercises for Managing Neck Pain

Neck pain is very common in the U.S. and industrialized countries. Women, older adults, and those in rear-end car accidents are at risk. The good news is that 80-90% of the time most people recover in 12 weeks. Unfortunately, more of us are developing neck pain from smartphones and other handheld devices. Think about the …

Interventional Pain Procedures for Cancer Pain

Interventional pain management procedures are a specialized form of pain treatment, and can be quite helpful. These treatments can be provided instead of medications, or integrative therapies, or along with those treatments. Sometimes, interventions can facilitate physical therapy, improve function, speed recovery, and improve quality of life, especially at the end of life.

Botox – It’s not just for Migraine, Part II

Did you know that botulinum toxin (known by many as Botox®) can reduce pain? It’s not just for cosmetic procedures, and can treat a variety of other medical conditions like migraine, spasticity, and many others. Kathleen Sullivan shares how Botox virtually eliminated 3 years of life limiting facial pain from trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Charles Argoff, Professor …

Botox – It’s not just for Migraine, Part I

Did you know that botulinum toxin (known by many as Botox®) can reduce pain? It’s not just for cosmetic procedures, and can treat a variety of other medical conditions like migraine, spasticity, and many others. Kathleen Sullivan shares how Botox virtually eliminated 3 years of life limiting facial pain from trigeminal neuralgia. Dr. Charles Argoff, …

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and one of the most disabling diseases in developed countries. Many patients have restricted movements, and some can’t even perform basic activities of daily living. July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. It is a common misconception that only “old” people are afflicted with arthritis. Yet, nearly 300,000 …

Ways to Relieve Pain at Work

Hunching over the computer for hours on end at work can lead to a lot of back pain. As a matter of fact, back pain is the second most common cause of missing work, and pain degrades our functioning at work. Just for fun, pay attention to how you are sitting while you read through …

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.

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 …