Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD In this three-part-article series, I’ll discuss a pain-relieving workhorse, ibuprofen, which is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID. It works by reducing the amount of pain and inflammation-causing hormones circulating in the bloodstream, commonly known as a COX inhibitor. It appropriate for mild to moderate levels of pain… Read more »
Category: Chronic Pain Treatment
Acetaminophen (Tylenol® or Panadol®) for Pain Relief
Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I have a license to prescribe and an electronic prescription pad giving me access to pharmacies full of the most potent and chemically complex drugs that exist for the treatment of pain. However, in this series of articles, I’d like to focus on non-prescription… Read more »
Genicular Nerve Blocks for Chronic Knee Pain
Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Physician, I treat patients with therapies designed to address their chronic pain with injection procedures as an alternative to surgery. One of the more challenging pain issues I see is chronic knee pain. Some patients have severely arthritic knees but because of health reasons, they cannot… Read more »
Why Does the Cold Weather Make my Chronic Pain Worse?
Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD If old wives could tell tales, they might let you know that your joints could predict the weather and let you know when rain is coming, or a cold spell was getting ready to move into the area. As physicians, we typically would say that it was coincidental that our patients… Read more »
Is my Sciatica Caused by a Spinal Issue or my Piriformis Muscle?
Mark W. McFarland, MD Sciatica is a catch-all term that is used for pain that runs from the lower back through the buttock, down the thigh and calf, into the foot. It is named thusly after the sciatic nerve, which when compressed, inflamed, or irritated in some way, causes the tell-tale signs of burning, numbness,… Read more »
Will my Compressed Spinal Nerve Heal or be Damaged Permanently?
Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD, CPE, FAAOS Every day, I see patients for arm or leg pain and numbness related to pinched nerves in their spine. These patients all have differing degrees of pain and dysfunction from their back and neck problems. Each patient deals with their symptoms individually, so there are varying degrees of dysfunction… Read more »
Moving and Chronic Pain: I Want to Dance, but Sometimes Simply Walking Hurts
Andrew L. Martin, PsyD Chronic pain profoundly affects a basic human task – movement – changing it from something we take for granted into a source of anxiety and frustration. We have to move, but we naturally don’t want to hurt. Here are a few concepts for deciding when and how to move in order… Read more »
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
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?
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 »