Category: Interventional Pain Management

What is a Nerve Conduction Study?

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD Physicians order many diagnostic tests to help them pinpoint exactly what condition or illness a patient may have when the answer isn’t immediately clear. A Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) is basically that – a way of determining the speed and intensity of nerve signals being carried away from the brain, through… Read more »

Pain Conditions Seen More Commonly in Women

Jenny L. F. Andrus. MD In my practice as an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I can attest to the fact that I see more women than men for the treatment of chronic pain.  Research also tells us that women are disproportionately affected by pain conditions more often than men.  Even more concerning is they often… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Migraine Headaches – Diagnosis and Treatment

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Mark W. McFarland, DO In the last article, I discussed the causes, triggers, symptoms and the four phases of migraine headaches.  In this article, my focus will be the diagnosis and treatment of migraines.  As an orthopaedic spine physician, I already perform many interventional procedures for chronic pain, such as epidural steroid injections.  I will… 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

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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 »