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Chronic Non-Malignant Pain And Its Side Effects

Chronic Non-Malignant Pain And Its Side Effects

Q: What is chronic non-malignant pain [CNMP]? A: Nonmalignant, chronic pain (>6 months) is due to remodeling within the central nervous system. This central neural plasticity results in persistent pain even after correction of pathology. It is characterized by...

Does Acupuncture Really Work For Pain?

Does Acupuncture Really Work For Pain?

Q: I know that injections are commonly done to relieve pain. Is this a legitimate evidence-based treatment method with some long-term benefits for the chronic pain patient? A: A variety of needle-based and injection-based interventional therapies exist for chronic...

Using Psychological Interventions to Help Youth with Chronic Pain

Using Psychological Interventions to Help Youth with Chronic Pain

It’s difficult for anyone to live with chronic pain, but it may be even more so for children. They often don’t understand why they have the pain, or the best ways to go about trying to address it. All they know is that they hurt, and they usually turn to the adults in...

Change Your Thoughts, Reduce Your Pain Severity

Change Your Thoughts, Reduce Your Pain Severity

Chronic pain is something that millions of people feel, and it can be debilitating for many. There are additional problems that people face that often go along with chronic pain, such as depression and anxiety. Another powerful thing that is often associated with...

Smoking Cessation to Help with Chronic Pain

Smoking Cessation to Help with Chronic Pain

Millions of people around the country suffer from chronic pain. Some of them are also smokers, which is likely making their pain worse. Being able to quit smoking may bring some pain relief to those who smoke. Many people who smoke struggle with successful ways to...

Botulinum Toxin Type A Helps with Bruxism

Botulinum Toxin Type A Helps with Bruxism

According to the Sleep Foundation, up to 50% of children experience sleep bruxism, around 15% of adolescents do, and around 8% of adults experience the condition [1]. Bruxism, when someone has an involuntary habit of clenching and grinding their teeth, can lead to...

Clinical Features, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Erythema Multiforme

Clinical Features, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Erythema Multiforme

Erythema multiforme (EM): First described in 1866 by Ferdinand von Hebra as an acute, self-limited cutaneous disease characterized by multiform skin lesions, now called EM minor [1]. In 1950, Bernard A. Thomas classified EM into erythema multiforme minor (von Hebra)...

Is It Easier to Lose Weight After Reducing Chronic Pain?

Is It Easier to Lose Weight After Reducing Chronic Pain?

We have known for a while now that there are links between chronic pain and obesity. Many people who are obese tend to experience chronic pain, and those who have chronic pain may experience more obesity. The two conditions can influence each other, so researchers set...

Does Discontinuing Long-Term Opioid Therapy Relieve Pain?

Does Discontinuing Long-Term Opioid Therapy Relieve Pain?

This article was originally published on Confronting Chronic Pain by Dr. Steven Richeimer, Director Pain Medicine Master and Certificate. Many of the people who take opioids regularly to help with their chronic pain may cringe at the thought of discontinuing their...

Treat Chronic Headache Pain With Mindfulness-Based Dancing

Treat Chronic Headache Pain With Mindfulness-Based Dancing

Chronic headache pain is something millions of people experience. It’s a condition that reduces quality of life and leaves people scrambling for answers as they look for ways to find relief. One of the last places they would likely look is to the dance floor, but new...

Kinesiology Taping Can Reduce Chronic Low Back Pain

Kinesiology Taping Can Reduce Chronic Low Back Pain

Many people are familiar with kinesiology taping. This is the use of special tape to help address areas on the body that have pain or injury. Athletes have been taping particular areas of their body where there is pain for decades. This leads to the question: what...

The Impact of Health-Related Guilt and Chronic Pain

The Impact of Health-Related Guilt and Chronic Pain

Millions of people who suffer from chronic pain also feel guilty about doing so. The guilt that many people who have chronic pain experience is something that has not been looked at much within the medical community, but it is something that impacts people on a daily...

Nerve Stimulation in Chronic Ocular Pain Management

Nerve Stimulation in Chronic Ocular Pain Management

  For those who suffer from chronic ocular pain, it can be debilitating. Not only does it tend to reduce one’s quality of life, but the ongoing pain can be difficult for the medical community to treat. The more tools we obtain to try to help bring about relief,...

CGRP: 4 Letters That Became a New Frontier in Pain Management

CGRP: 4 Letters That Became a New Frontier in Pain Management

What Does CGRP Stand For? Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a neuropeptide (neurotransmitter of the nervous system) discovered over 30 years ago. It has specific receptors located both centrally and in the periphery. CGRP is present in trigeminal neurons and...

Does Tobacco Impact Chronic Pain?

Does Tobacco Impact Chronic Pain?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 out of every 100 adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, which is around 14% of the adult population. They also report that it is one of the leading causes of preventable disease, disability, and death in...

How to Manage Chronic Joint Pain in the Workplace

How to Manage Chronic Joint Pain in the Workplace

Millions of people suffer from chronic joint pain. Some have chronic knee pain, others have chronic hip pain, and still others have chronic low back pain. This can impede their ability to do their job in a sufficient manner, and may even lead them to miss days at work...

3 Elements of General Neck Examination

3 Elements of General Neck Examination

The evaluation of the neck provides useful information for the dental practitioner by identifying conditions that might contribute with the oral health of the patient and the appropriate function of the masticatory system. At the same time, it constitutes a triage,...

Physical Medicine and Primary Headache Pain Disorders

Physical Medicine and Primary Headache Pain Disorders

A headache can be a small effect of a bigger primary headache disorder. These disorders include migraines, tension type headaches, cluster headaches, or medication-overuse headaches. There are treatments both with and without the use of physical medicine. Treatment...

Can a Short Walk Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain?

Can a Short Walk Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 2% of the adult population in the country has fibromyalgia [1]. The condition causes widespread chronic pain all over the body. As well as impacting one’s quality of life and sleep, it can cause...

Effects of Chronic Low Back Pain on Driving

Effects of Chronic Low Back Pain on Driving

Most adults around the country take driving for granted. It’s something they do on a regular basis, whether it’s just to go to work or to run errands and do the grocery shopping. But for the millions of people who suffer from chronic low back pain, driving may pose...

Causes of Multiple Sclerosis

Causes of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, specifically the brain and spinal cord. This disease affects women twice the amount as men. Onset commonly occurs between ages 20 and 50 years. There are many negative...

Three Types of Sympathetic Maintained Pain

Three Types of Sympathetic Maintained Pain

The idea that sympathetic pain exists is based on clinical findings seen in a small subset of patients suffering from neuropathic pain. Sympathetic pains occurs when the pain is clearly dependent on activity in the sympathetic nervous system. This is often referred to...

How to Treat and Prevent Medication Overuse Headaches

How to Treat and Prevent Medication Overuse Headaches

Over 1.5% of the population experiences Medication Overuse Headaches (MOH). This type is the most common migraine-like headache. People with MOH experience pain over 15 days each month. MOH ranges higher in women (2.6%) and people over 50 years of age (nearly 5%)....

Alternative Medications to Uncommon TMJ Disorders

Alternative Medications to Uncommon TMJ Disorders

Motor Neurectomy Motor neurectomy involves identifying the select branches of the motor nerve and perform radiofrequency lysis of the motor nerve itself. This will denervate a portion of the motor nerve and cause a resulting atrophy of the muscle. The area of the...

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