Category: Chronic Pain Treatment

Five Symptoms That Differentiate a Migraine from an Ordinary Headache

Dr. Mark McFarland

Mark W. McFarland, DO Often patients will ask me “How can I know if I’ve ever had a migraine headache instead of just a bad headache?”  Here are five simple symptoms to look for in determining whether your headache may indeed be a migraine instead of just a severe headache. Headaches are common; migraines are… Read more »

Three Relaxation Techniques to Ease Chronic Pain

Dr. Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I vividly remember my first relaxation exercise. I was a psychology intern, co-facilitating a fibromyalgia psychotherapy group at the Navy hospital in San Diego. My supervisor led the group in a breathing exercise, and I got caught up in the exercise with the group members. A few minutes later, I was… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Non-Surgical Bunion Treatment

Jim Koske, PT, MPT Bunions are one of the most common foot problems in America and one in three people will get at least one in their lifetime.  Women are affected disproportionately more than men, but we aren’t sure why.  We know that inherited foot issues and bad foot mechanics play a role in their… Read more »

Chronic Neck Pain

Raj Sureja, MD

Raj N. Sureja, MD When a patient with chronic neck pain gets referred to me, an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I am often considered a last resort for treatment. Typically, the patient has tried every treatment that their PCP has to offer, been to a Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, massage therapist, to an Orthopaedist, and may… Read more »

The Five Goals of Chronic Pain Management

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD If you asked ten chronic pain patients what the goals were for their pain management program, you’d probably hear ten very different answers, but with one goal in common – MAKE MY PAIN GO AWAY!  While that is certainly an important goal, it is not the only or most important… Read more »

Ear Seeds: Do They Really Provide Pain Relief?

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD From being covered in a feature on popular morning TV show Good Morning America, to headline articles in Health and Elle Magazine, to an on-line physician review on WebMD, to a fawning review on Goop, to being offered for sale on Amazon, Walmart and other mega-E-tailers, Ear Seeds are THE… Read more »

Cervical Dystonia

Dr. Mark McFarland

Mark W. McFarland, DO Cervical Dystonia, also called spasmodic torticollis, is a painful disorder that causes twisting or turning of the head due to involuntary spasms of the muscles in the neck.  It can cause the head to twist in a variety of directions, like chin to chest, chin straight up or down or ear… Read more »

Mental Health After the Pandemic

Dr. Andrew Martin

Andrew L. Martin, PsyD “The mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can persist and be long lasting for several years…”   – Karthirvel, N1 If you are emerging from the pandemic with less excitement than you thought you would, that is normal. In fact, about a third of us will experience lingering stress, generally… Read more »

Diagnostic Genicular Nerve Blocks for Knee Pain

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD As a practicing Interventional Pain Management physician, I can tell you that patients are very different in how they approach the treatment of pain.  Some want to immediately tackle the pain in the most direct way possible, and if that means surgery, well so be it.  Some take the “wait and… Read more »

Migraine Headaches – The Causes and Symptoms

McFarland Operating Room

Mark W. McFarland, DO Everyone knows what a headache is but say the word migraine… we conjure up vague images of someone with pounding head pain, lying in a dark room with a cool cloth over their eyes, trying to lie still so the accompanying nausea doesn’t overtake them.  If you’ve never had a migraine… Read more »