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Posted 25 Sep, 2017

Pain cutting your workout short? Try these low-impact exercises

From old tennis injuries to rheumatoid arthritis, if joint pain is affecting your exercise routine, it’s time to adapt. We all have our favourite types of exercise, but sometimes our bodies don’t want to play ball. If you need something a little kinder of the joints, try one of these low-impact activities. Aqua jogging...
Posted 15 Jul, 2017

FDA clears first RF ablation treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first and only radio frequency (RF) treatment to be cleared specifically to alleviate chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Marketed by Halyard Health as “Coolief,” the new procedure uses minimally-invasive needles and water-cooled electrodes t...
Posted 02 Jul, 2017

Understanding fibromyalgia: widespread pain syndrome

Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have: increased sensitivity to pain fatigue (extreme tiredness) muscle stiffness difficulty sleeping problems with mental processes (known as...
Posted 02 Jul, 2017

How the SGB injection has revolutionized PTSD treatment

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as ...
Posted 26 Jun, 2017

The $100 billion per year back pain industry is mostly a hoax

Anyone who has endured back pain knows it is an erratic dictator. It takes hold of your psyche, demanding your attention and devotion before all else—before you can plan a hike, return to a work routine, pick up your child for a hug. So when someone offers to make that dictator disappear, it’s hard to […]
Posted 24 Jun, 2017

Botox injections reduce chronic neck and cervical muscle pain

A study presented at the Anesthesiology 2012™ annual meeting revealed Botulinum toxin type A (BOTOX) injections significantly improve pain and quality of life in people with chronic bilateral posterior neck and shoulder myofascial pain syndrome. Traditional therapies for the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome includ...

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Posted 14 Oct, 2017

When the Last Resort Fails: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Las Vegas—Surgery is a last resort in seeking relief for chronic low back pain—the most common cause of disability—but unsuccessful surgery occurs often enough to warrant its own diagnostic code as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). The condition was examined in a well-attended session at the recent PAINWeek 2017 ann...
Posted 14 Oct, 2017

FDA Asks, Gets Answers on Reducing Opioid Epidemic

The prevalence and consequences of opioid use disorder can be reduced without preventing patients with pain from receiving necessary opioid analgesics, according to a consensus report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine requested by the FDA. The report, issued July 13, distinguishes its f...
Posted 02 Oct, 2017

The chronic pain that won’t go away: CRPS

CRPS is a rare neurological condition that causes unending agony and misery. But now a special implant offers hope to sufferers. What’s it like to have a pain that just won’t go away? Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, causes exactly that, and it’s as hard to diagnose as it is to understand. It can […]