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.
Martin R Coleman, MD Arthritis – Although not seen as often as knee or hip arthritis, I may diagnose arthritis of the shoulder when a patient comes to me complaining of an achy, stiff shoulder. Arthritis is a condition that may come with age but may reflect a specific inflammatory condition such as Rheumatoid arthritis… Read more »
Boyd W. Haynes III, MD In my orthopaedic practice, I am often asked age-related questions when it comes to certain surgeries. “What’s the cut-off age for this surgery and what age do I have do be before I can I have that procedure?” Only a few years ago, those questions probably mattered a lot more… Read more »
Americans are living longer and as a result are demanding a higher quality of life as they age. That means they are having to contend with some of the illness and conditions often associated with aging while at the same time trying to maintain, repair or replace the body parts that are wearing out. It… Read more »
Here we are in February 2021 and it’s been almost a year since COVID-19 was first discovered in the United States. Goodness, have our lives changed and who’d have thought we’d still be wearing masks, physically distancing, avoiding crowds and public places with many of us continuing to work from home. We venture out to… Read more »
Andrew L. Martin, PsyD I am frequently asked if social media is bad for us – for example – is it reducing the amount of time we spend face-to-face with our family and friends, or is it otherwise making us depressed or anxious? Dr. Summer Allen, a research and writing fellow with the Greater… Read more »
When 2020 began, none of us predicted how it would unfold, into months of a worldwide pandemic that has turned our work lives and our social relationships upside down. Most of us are experiencing pandemic fatigue, tired of being restricted in our movement, activity, and in who we can see, touch, hug and kiss. We may face the loss of our livelihoods due to our businesses being shut down, or our jobs being taken away. Our children are suffering because they can’t go to school, see their friends, interact with their classmates or learn as they normally do. So how do we find joy and happiness in the holidays this year amid so many challenges?
Boyd W. Haynes III, MD Want to make a runner unhappy? Forbid them to run. People who love to run, either competitively or just for fun, want to be able to run…forever. I admire their dedication, but as a Sports Medicine Physician, I see many runners who face obstacles in their quest to keep… Read more »
Robert J. Snyder, MD Arthritis is one of the most common ailments known to man. If you live long enough, more than likely you will experience arthritis in one or more of your joints. I’m often asked by patients “How do I know my pain is caused by arthritis and not because I worked… Read more »
John D. Burrow, DO I’m hearing a lot of pent up frustration from my patients about having their knee replacement surgeries postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I hear things like, “They just don’t know how much pain I’m in” or “I can barely walk, how much longer do I have to wait?” or… Read more »