Category: Medical Psychology

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 »

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 »

Finding Joy During a Challenging Holiday Season

Dr. Martin

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?

OSC to Welcome New Pain Psychologist in January 2021

Dr. Martin

  Dr. Andrew L. Martin, PsyD works directly with the Interventional Pain Management Team as their Pain Psychologist. He comes to OSC after serving 20 years as an active-duty Navy clinical psychologist, where he specialized in psychotherapy for chronic pain, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Martin utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and other mental health… Read more »

The Psychology of Pain

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD Pain is the most common reason that patients come to see a physician at OSC, where they treat musculoskeletal conditions of the body. Pain can affect a person’s ability to participate in certain activities, work, how well they sleep, and their relationships with others. As a Pain Psychologist on the OSC… Read more »

Six Important Things to Know about Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD 1. Self-care is key. Exercise and stress management are the most important aspects of your care. Try yoga, swimming or walking.  Meditation and Mindfulness are proven stress reducers. Try to do something everyday that relieves your stress and gets you moving. 2. Mood disorders are common with FMS and failure… Read more »

I’ve Been Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia (FMS) – What Should I Know?

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) can be a confusing and frightening diagnosis. Patients often get this diagnosis after having been seen by many different specialists. They’re often confused and frustrated by the lack of clarity surrounding the cause or the treatment. This diagnosis is more of a description of your problem rather… Read more »

What is Fibromyalgia?

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L. F. Andrus, MD Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic pain condition that causes pain all over the body. Often patients will say that they hurt from head to toe. Some of the areas may be more painful than others with patients often reporting higher levels of low back or neck pain. This “all… Read more »

Why Do I Have More Pain During Self-Quarantine at Home with my Family?

  Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD Picture this…your entire family, sitting around the kitchen table, all warm and snuggly, drinking hot cocoa. Everyone is smiling and laughing as your kids take turns talking about how they love spending time at home with you. You’ve got chocolate chip cookies in the oven and a pot of homemade… Read more »

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD One of the most useful tools I employ when helping patients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT.  It uses Cognition (thinking) to affect change in Behavior (actions) and, with practice, can become a truly life-changing tool for patients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, substance abuse, etc.  CBT has… Read more »