Category: Chronic Pain Treatment

What is Prolotherapy and How Does it Work?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD There are many causes of chronic pain and a leading one is joint pain due to joint instability. Strains and sprains to ligaments (they connect bone to bone) and tendons (they connect muscle to bone) over time can result in their loosening. Many experts believe that this loosening or instability… Read more »

Six Important Things to Know about Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD 1. Self-care is key. Exercise and stress management are the most important aspects of your care. Try yoga, swimming or walking.  Meditation and Mindfulness are proven stress reducers. Try to do something everyday that relieves your stress and gets you moving. 2. Mood disorders are common with FMS and failure… Read more »

Treatment for the Pain of Diabetic Neuropathy

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD According to the CDC, 100 million Americans have diabetes or a condition known as pre-diabetes. Type 1 diabetes typically presents in childhood and is more rare, accounting for 10% of all diabetes cases. The more common Type 2, accounting for 90% of cases, occurs in adulthood and can be caused… Read more »

Ten Ways to Manage Your Pain During the COVID-19 Crisis

  Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD The COVID-19 pandemic has brought huge changes to most of our daily lives. It’s changing how we work, how we spend our free time and dramatically changed how we interact with each other. This is a trying time for everyone, but for those with chronic pain, it can be… Read more »

What is Fibromyalgia?

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic pain condition that causes pain all over the body. Often patients will say that they hurt from head to toe. Some of the areas may be more painful than others with patients often reporting higher levels of low back or neck pain. This “all… Read more »

Why Do I Feel “Pins & Needles”? Your Guide to the Symptom of Tingling

Dr. Sureja

  Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I frequently see patients who describe a feeling of “pin and needles” in different areas of the body.  But what exactly does this unpleasant tingling sensation represent insofar as a diagnosis and subsequent treatment?  In this article, I will discuss tingling, why it happens,… Read more »

In-Office Elective Medical Procedure Update

COVID-19 Update

To Our Valued Patients: Based on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s recent order regarding elective medical procedures in physician offices during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as medical society guidelines, we will have to postpone your procedure until at least 5-1-2020. If there is an adjustment to the date on which the governor’s mandate is lifted… Read more »

Why Do I Have More Pain During Self-Quarantine at Home with my Family?

  Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD Picture this…your entire family, sitting around the kitchen table, all warm and snuggly, drinking hot cocoa. Everyone is smiling and laughing as your kids take turns talking about how they love spending time at home with you. You’ve got chocolate chip cookies in the oven and a pot of homemade… Read more »

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD One of the most useful tools I employ when helping patients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.  It uses Cognition (thinking) to affect change in Behavior (actions) and, with practice, can become a truly life-changing tool for patients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, etc.  CBT has… Read more »

Biofeedback for Chronic Pain

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD As a Psychologist trained to help patients who suffer with the emotional effects of Chronic Pain, I employ a variety of methods to bring healing. Biofeedback is an important self-help tool that patients learn to use whenever they are feeling stressed, painful or otherwise need to reconnect their mind and body…. Read more »