Category: Chronic Pain Treatment

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 »

Interventional Pain Management Provides Innovative Pain Relief

Raj Sureja, MD

According to the latest statistics from the CDC, more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic, debilitating pain . Chronic pain is the number one cause for disability in America, accounts for more than 80% of all physician visits, leads to time off work and billions of dollars in lost productivity. Chronic pain affects women… Read more »

What is a Medial Branch Nerve Block and Why is it Prescribed?

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Nerve blocks are commonly used by many types of physicians to prevent or treat pain.  An anesthetic medication is injected near the nerve that affects a specific area of the body to provide effective, short-term pain relief to the patient. For example, nerve blocks may be administered by Anesthesiologists before… Read more »

What is Facetectomy?

Dr. Jeffrey Carlson

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD You may think that being an orthopaedist is all glamorous, like the movies or TV make it out to be. However, I did spend many years in school, working hard, learning how to be a good physician and surgeon.  One of the most interesting subjects that I had to master was… Read more »

Surgical Treatment for Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Carlson

Spinal Osteoarthritis or Spinal OA is a form of wear-and-tear arthritis that affects the joints of the spine.  The facet joints are located on the backside of each vertebrae and help the spine bend and twist. As we age, the cartilage in these joints may wear away with use and time.  At the same time,… Read more »

Treating Chronic Pain from Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Did you know that Spinal Osteoarthritis is the number one cause of lower back pain in those over the age of 50?  While it is most commonly seen in the lower back, it can also occur in the neck.  This is the kind of arthritis that is known as “wear and tear” arthritis and typically… Read more »

Being the Primary Caregiver for Someone with Chronic Pain – What You Should Know

Dr. Martin

Chronic pain is difficult, exhausting and depressing, not only for the sufferer, but for those who love and live with them.  Having to modify your life according to someone’s pain level every day takes a great deal of patience and understanding. Doing so for long periods, without respite or refreshment, can easily result in caregiver and compassion fatigue and eventually, caregiver burnout. Let’s discuss how to recognize the signs and manage the normal frustrations and emotions of caregiving to head off fatigue and burnout before they start.