The idea of utilizing stem cells to repair and restore the human body has been a subject of public attention since the early 1990s. However, most of this attention has been focused on diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and heart disease – not on the far more common condition of chronic pain. But that’s beginning to change, and researchers are discovering the exciting possibilities that stem cells could offer for the treatment of various pain conditions – especially back pain.
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No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day – whether apart or together, with family, friends, kids or that special someone – it should be a day for you to remember, not one you spend in pain. But for many people chronic pain often derails even the best-laid plans. So ditch the pain this Valentine’s Day – and make it one you’ll look back on fondly for years to come.
Injections of pain-relieving medication are common for the treatment of back pain – but, in reality, many more painful sites throughout the body can benefit from an injection. Whether arthritis in the knee is impeding your life, neck pain is stopping you from enjoying activities or hip pain is making moving difficult, a joint injection may be just the thing you need.
Fibromyalgia is still a mystery to many. In most cases the cause is unclear, diagnosis is difficult and treatment is mediocre at best. But for those experiencing fibromyalgia pain – or those who think they may have this complicated condition – it’s important to learn all you can, including how this condition manifests, what type of people are at risk and what treatment options pose the best chance for relief.
We all know that foods have the ability to impact pain levels. Some foods (and drinks) are linked to increased inflammation, for instance, while other foods can noticeably decrease it. It turns out, according to a recent report, that the things we consume are also linked to migraines. The new review found that there are several key foods to avoid – and several to include in your diet – if you want to steer clear of headaches.
There are countless reasons to stop smoking – and you’ve no doubt heard them a thousand times. It’s the single greatest preventable cause of disease and death in the U.S. and is actually a factor in one in five deaths. Yet it still remains a prevalent issue, especially among those with chronic pain – despite the fact that smoking has actually been found to make pain worse. Read on to find out the connection between the two and discover tips for finally kicking the habit.
Opioids are a powerful class of drugs, but their use is coming under more and more scrutiny, mainly due to the high levels of prescription misuse, addiction and overdose. While finding alternatives to opioids is one component of this often complicated issue, determining what factors predispose people to abuse and addiction may be just as important.
The placebo effect is well-known, especially when it comes to clinical trials. Conventionally, patients receive a placebo believing they are getting an active medication and afterward report improved symptoms. But the ethical problem of giving patients a placebo without their knowledge has impeded its use as a treatment method. Until now, that is. A new study has found that patients who knowingly take a placebo for the treatment of chronic low back pain see improvements in both pain and function – which could lead to another avenue of treatment for those battling chronic pain.
The New Year is nigh – and with it comes all the New Year’s resolutions. But instead of the typical resolutions, which always seem to get broken within the first month, consider setting some achievable goals that will not only lead to a happier you in 2017, but a more pain-free one, too!
Winter in Wisconsin can be brutal – but there is a fun side. The outdoor activities that come with snowfall can make the winter months a bit more bearable. Skiing, especially, is an exhilarating winter pastime – but pain can often stop avid skiers from taking to the slopes. Here are six great tips to keep back and knee pain at bay so you enjoy your time on the slopes.