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Posted 05 Nov, 2016

Stellate ganglion block a potential life saver in severe PTSD

Case reports are mounting of immediate, durable, and significant relief of severe refractory symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to an anesthesiologist who has seen the benefits firsthand. Stellate ganglion blockade (SGB) “seems to significantly improve PTSD symptoms as well as significant...
Posted 05 Nov, 2016

Electronic device that could end migraine misery

A high tech headband could offer relief for millions of people who suffer with migraines. England’s health watchdog gave the green light for the new Cefaly device to be used on the NHS. The headband tackles migraines by sending mild electrical pulses into the forehead, just above the eye. Worn for 20 minutes a da...
Posted 14 Nov, 2015

Surgeons tackle chronic pain at hernia meeting

Chronic groin pain after hernia surgery is now considered the most important issue facing inguinal hernia surgeons and their patients. Yet, there is still much uncertainty surrounding what causes the pain and how to prevent it. Although pain estimates vary considerably, on average, studies reveal that approximately 10%...
Posted 14 Nov, 2015

Opioids boost infection risk in arthritis patients

Taking opioids appears to raise the risk for serious infections among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to Andrew W. Wiese, Department of Health Policy Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, and colleagues. Their study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, found that higher rates of...
Posted 14 Nov, 2015

Low levels of Vitamin D linked to fibromyalgia

Some recent studies are highlighting the importance of the “sunshine vitamin” — Vitamin D — in maintaining overall health, as well as possible links to fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic conditions. Low levels of serum vitamin D were found in over 1,800 fibromyalgia patients wi...
Posted 14 Nov, 2015

Acupuncture may ease chronic neck pain

Two alternative therapies – acupuncture and the Alexander technique -appear equally beneficial for the long-term relief of chronic neck pain, new research reports. Both therapies involve educating patients in ways to relieve stress, as well as improve posture and balance. These techniques appeared to help reduce...

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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 ...