Category: Chronic Pain Treatment

October 10 is World Mental Health Day

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I am excited as I think about World Mental Health Day (Oct 11.), because this is a great time for mental healthcare. Attitudes toward mental health and mental healthcare continue changing in a positive direction, people are more savvy about their emotional wellbeing, and more help is available than ever before.1… Read more »

Vascular vs. Neurogenic Claudication

Dr. Carlson in dark suit jacket

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE (Originally published in Hampton Roads Physicians’ Magazine) When muscles don’t get enough blood flow due to obstructed arteries, cramping pain can result simply from walking or using one’s arms. Vascular claudication (VC) is a condition typically caused by peripheral artery disease and is a debilitating problem that worsens over time…. Read more »

What is Norepinephrine?

Dr. Raj Sureja

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I often work with patients who suffer from nerve-related chronic pain aka neuropathic pain.  It is very important for me to understand how nerves function and communicate with one another and the best ways to help them heal or modulate when they are damaged or… Read more »

What is Serotonin? Part I

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD You may have heard or read about serotonin and its role in the regulation of depression and mood in the human brain. However, this miracle neurotransmitter and hormone plays an important role in quite a few brain functions and bodily functions.  When it is well balanced, we typically feel good. … Read more »

What are Neurotransmitters?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD There are certain chemical compounds in our body that allow us to live, breathe, walk, talk, think, and enjoy life as we know it – without them we would not be able to function.  These wonder substances are called neurotransmitters (NTs) and they really are the juice that runs the… Read more »

What is Visceral Pain?

Dr. Sureja

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I treat patients who suffer from chronic pain.  Pain is a very complex phenomenon, and it involves not only physiological aspects of the body, but also emotional, psychological and psychosocial as well.  As with medical conditions and diseases, there are different types of pain, from… Read more »

What are Neurons?

Raj N. Sureja, MD Neurons are nerve cells that are the basic components of our brain and nervous system.  Although they can vary in shape, size and structure, all neurons have three separate parts – 1) the body of the cell; 2) the axon (transmitter) and 3) the dendrite (receiver).  Nerve cells are structurally and… Read more »

What is a “Pain Pathway”? An Introduction

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I see patients who suffer from chronic pain as a part of life.  In understanding pain, it important to know that pain not only has many emotional, psychological, and sensory components, but that it also is a physiological activity as well.  There is a… Read more »

Pain and the Brain

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD We still have a lot to learn about the complex relationship between pain and the brain, but our understanding is improving. My colleagues, Drs. Jenny Andrus and Raj Sureja are addressing the physical aspects of pain in a series of articles they are currently writing. I’d like to provide some insight… Read more »

I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator – What are my Limitations?

Raj N. Sureja, MD The use of Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) or Neuromodulation has been a life changer for hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world – providing pain relief and a return to a better quality of life when medications, interventional procedures and even surgery may have failed.  While there have been innumerable… Read more »