Category: Medical Psychology

Treating Chronic Pain from Spinal Osteoarthritis

Dr. Jenny Andrus

Jenny L.F. Andrus, MD 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… 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.

Can Social Media be Harmful? A Psychologist’s Perspective

Dr. Martin

  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 »

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 »

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

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 »

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 »

Reducing Your Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD We are living in very uncertain times right now…the news is bad and people around the world are sick with the Coronavirus. We’re now working from home. Our kids can’t go to school, they’re stuck at home with us, can’t see or play with their friends and are going stir-crazy…. 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 »

Biofeedback for Chronic Pain

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD As a Psychologist trained to help patients who suffer with the emotional effects of Chronic Pain, I employ a variety of methods to bring healing. Biofeedback is an important self-help tool that patients learn to use whenever they are feeling stressed, painful or otherwise need to reconnect their mind and body…. Read more »

When is Aversion Therapy Appropriate?

Emily A. Ludwig, PsyD Aversion Therapy is a form of behavior modification used to help individuals reduce or stop detrimental behaviors, by associating those behaviors with discomfort or punishment, such as a pain sensation, a bad taste, smell; or an electric shock.  Over time, the individual is conditioned to believe that doing the disagreeable behavior… Read more »