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Advanced Pain Management Blog

Pain Management Resource Blog

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation – and Can it Help You?

Posted on Tue, May 24, 2016

Everyone’s pain is different, and the reality is that not everyone’s pain will respond as well to conservative treatment methods. Even patients who undergo more drastic treatments, like invasive surgeries, aren’t guaranteed pain relief. Experiencing this “refractory” pain – or pain that persists despite treatment, with no improvement in daily functioning – can feel hopeless, with few avenues for relief. But for some conditions, the answer may lie in a minimally invasive, reversible treatment called spinal cord stimulation.

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Tags: Blog, Implantable therapies, Pain relief options, Pain control, Spinal cord stimulation

The Pros and Cons of Over-the-Counter Pain Relief

Posted on Tue, May 17, 2016

The first line of treatment for illnesses of all sort isn’t usually found in the doctor’s office – it’s found in the medicine cabinet. The same is just as true, if not more so, for pain. Backache? Leg pain? Headache? Most people turn to the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving power of over-the-counter medicines. But, just like any other medications, there can be drawbacks to these easily obtainable pills. Learning when to take them – and when to default to the expertise of a physician – may give you the best chance of effectively managing your pain.

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Tags: Blog, Over-the-counter medications, Pain relief, At-home treatments, Treatment options

Pain vs. the U.S. Workforce

Posted on Tue, May 10, 2016

Chronic pain, at its core, is a conflict, pitting what you want to do against what your body will allow you to do. This internal struggle seeps into every part of life, but nowhere is it more pervasive than when it comes to work. Pain’s impact on the workplace is costly, both in terms of lost productivity and the psychological changes that accompany it. Only with a multifaceted approach can individuals start to reclaim what they’ve lost and begin to accept the changes that life has brought.

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Tags: Blog, Chronic Pain, Disability, Workplace Pain

The Advantages of an Interdisciplinary Approach

Posted on Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Pain is an incredibly complex condition, affecting people in a multitude of ways. It can change the way both your brain and your body function, in addition to impacting emotions, relationships and even work. So, it follows that an effective treatment plan must take into account all of these aspects of pain. Incorporating physical therapy, behavioral health and more into a treatment plan, like those offered at Advanced Pain Management (APM), can be an effective way to reduce pain – and its impact on your life.

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Tags: Blog, multidisciplinary approach, Pain management, Interventional Pain Procedures, interdisciplinary care

Primary Care Physician or Pain Management Doctor: What’s the Difference?

Posted on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Chiropractor. Pain professional. Primary care physician. Acupuncturist. When it comes treating your pain, there are a lot of routes you can choose. But evaluating your options, sifting through the plethora of information out there and determining the best plan of care for your particular situation can be an overwhelming task. Understanding the differences between your options can be the first step toward getting the best possible care. Let’s start with primary care physicians and pain management doctors.

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Tags: Blog, Pain management, Primary Care Physicians

Infographic: Chronic Pain's Effect on the Brain

Posted on Thu, Apr 7, 2016

Chronic pain doesn't just change the way your body works; it can also wreak havoc on your brain. In fact, pain can result in changes to multiple important regions of the brain, which are involved in many critical functions and processes. Learn more about how your pain may be affecting you - and how you can work to stop it - with our pain in the brain infographic. 

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Tags: Blog, Chronic Pain, The Brain, Neuroscience, Mental Impairment

Chronic Pain May Be Damaging Your Brain

Posted on Tue, Apr 5, 2016

There is no doubt that chronic pain changes a person; the physical and emotional effects are often readily apparent. Yet a less well-known, but equally serious effect of pain is that it actually changes the brain, causing emotional and cognitive impairment and deficits that can further hinder your ability to live a full and rewarding life. Fortunately, recent studies have shown that with effective treatment for pain, our brains can heal along with our bodies, resulting in a restoration of brain functioning.

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Tags: Blog, Chronic Pain, The Brain, Neuroscience, Mental Impairment

How Injections Work to Alleviate Your Pain

Posted on Tue, Mar 29, 2016

The causes of chronic pain are undoubtedly diverse, from aging spinal discs and spinal stenosis to joint irritations and even failed back surgery. But there is one thing that many painful conditions have in common: inflammation.[1] Reducing that inflammation – the goal of a variety of injection procedures – can be a key component to achieving pain relief.

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Tags: Back Pain, Blog, Chronic Pain, Interventional Pain Procedures, Joint pain, Injections

Opioids’ Place in Pain Management

Posted on Tue, Mar 22, 2016

The issue of prescription drug abuse is making its way into the public spotlight, spurred along by an increasing number of news stories and even its inclusion as an issue in the 2016 presidential race. Opioids are a key part of that discussion, especially since deaths involving prescription opioid overdoses in the U.S. increased 3.4-fold from 2001 to 2014.[1] This staggering statistic, paired with opioids’ increasing presence in public discussion, means it’s now more important than ever to fully understand this powerful drug – and its place in treating chronic pain.

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Tags: Blog, Interventional Pain Procedures, Opioid Abuse, Opioids

New CDC Opioid Guidelines Only a First Step

Posted on Mon, Mar 21, 2016

A portion of this editorial was published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Letters to the Editor section on Monday, March 21, 2016:

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Tags: News, Blog, Opioids