Category: Pain Management

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Pain Management

F. Cal Robinson, PsyD, MSCP We have all been told to ‘deal with it’ or ‘it is what it is, now live with it’ when discussing some issue that we find uncomfortable or hard to accept.  In simplistic terms, ‘dealing with it’ is the key component of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a form of… Read more »

January’s Community Lecture Features Dr. Jenny Andrus – Effective Treatments for Pain Peripheral Neuropathy

Does the tingling and burning pain of peripheral neuropathy limit your life? Peripheral Neuropathy can be caused by diabetes, viruses or auto-immune diseases. Join Dr. Jenny Andrus as she discusses how to decrease pain and tingling in the limbs and improve function, often without the use of habit-forming narcotics. Learn about pain management procedures that… Read more »

Breathing Techniques for Natural Pain Relief

Jenny L. F. Andrus, M.D. Purposeful relaxation calms the mind, decreases stress hormones, relaxes muscles, reduces blood pressure, and may elevate your sense of peace and well-being. That sounds amazing, right? For many of us, especially those living with chronic pain, it might be challenging to learn deep relaxation in order to appreciate all of… Read more »

Yoga and Chronic Pain – by Jane Heiby

We are delighted to welcome Jane Heiby as our guest blogger!  Thanks Jane, for the great article! I have been interested in health care and exercise all of my adult life.  In my late teens and early twenties, I was training as a registered nurse and skiing in almost equal measure.  I loved exercise and… Read more »

Ice vs. Heat Therapy as a Treatment for Pain

Raj N. Sureja, MD With the advanced technology and multitude of pharmaceuticals that physicians have at their disposal to treat patients with pain, it is no wonder that we may forget to utilize very effective, but often overlooked, forms of treatment.  Such is the case with using heat or ice therapy to treat pain.  In… Read more »

Nerve Root Blocks

Raj N. Sureja, MD As an Interventional Pain Management Specialist, I regularly see patients who have pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in their arm or leg, which seems to follow a distinct neural path, caused by a problem originating near the spine.  Most often, these patients have been treated by a physician for the pain,… Read more »

Why is Pain Felt Intensely by Some People and Less so for Others?

Raj N. Sureja, MD Every day in my medical practice, I encounter patients who experience pain on an on-going basis.  Their pain may be caused by an injury that happened to them, a diagnosed disease or for a completely unknown reason, called idiopathic pain.  For most people, the pain that they feel is recognized but… Read more »

Electromyography (EMG)

by Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic procedure that is used to reveal the health or dysfunction that exists in nerves, muscles or in how the two communicate with each other.  The motor neurons are the specialized nerve cells that transmit information from the brain to the muscles.  Because these motor neurons… Read more »