2019 Summit on Balanced Pain Management

Dr. Christo was the moderator for the 10:00 am session at the 2019 Summit on Balanced Pain Management. The session was titled Patient-Centered Care: Principles in Practice Featuring: – Michael Leong, MD; Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine; Director of Neuromodulation, Stanford Pain Management Center – Mark Shepherd, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Program Director, …

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StimRouter and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation, Part II

Electrical stimulation of single nerves that cause pain, called peripheral nerve stimulation offers a way to control pain without accessing the spinal cord. A new device called StimRouter is minimally invasive, and designed for patients with certain kinds of neuropathic pain in the arms, legs, pelvis, and trunk. Kaye Gagnon will share firsthand how this …

Babies at Risk

Healthy, full-term newborns typically receive a heel lance at birth to screen for genetic disorders and immunizations. Sick babies need blood draws more often, though and these interventions are painful. For example, almost all ill and preterm infants have to endure multiple painful procedures—from blood draws to complicated surgeries—in order to ensure that they have …

[FREE DOWNLOAD] The Medical Link Between Your Stress and Pain

Stress can trigger pain and make existing pain worse. Both reducing stress and improving how we deal with it are vital to healing and pain prevention. We’ve heard from Dr. Kathleen Hall, international stress expert and Founder of The Stress Institute, who has worked with several Fortune 500 companies on stress and work life balance. But we …

[UPDATE] Tiger Woods DUI was a Result of Prescribed Medication, not Alcohol

Tiger Woods was found asleep at the wheel by police on Monday, May 29th and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. This is a serious offence, as anyone who has found themselves in this position would tell you. As a result, if you have have been arrested on similar grounds it would be …

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, …

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 …