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The Shocking Truth behind Smoking and Pain

Posted on Tue, Jan 17, 2017

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.[1] 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.

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Tags: Blog, Healthy Living, Health, Smoking

One Simple Factor Increases the Chance of Opioid Addiction by 41%

Posted on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

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.

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Tags: Blog, Chronic Pain, Opioid Abuse, Opioids

New Study Says Knowingly Taking a Placebo May Aid in Pain Relief

Posted on Tue, Jan 3, 2017

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[1] 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.

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Tags: Back Pain, Blog, Opioids, Scientific Research

6 New Year’s Resolutions for a Happier, More Pain-Free You

Posted on Tue, Dec 27, 2016

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!

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Tags: Blog, New Years Resolution, Health, Behavioral Health

6 Excellent Tips to Get Back on the Slopes – Without the Pain

Posted on Tue, Dec 20, 2016

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.

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Tags: Back Pain, Knee Pain, Blog, Skiing, Winter, Sports

5 Things to Know About CRPS

Posted on Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is, as the name suggests, a complex issue. It most often affects one of the limbs, causing intense burning or throbbing pain, but diagnosing and treating it are sometimes very difficult. Here are a few important facts about CRPS to help you better understand this often complicated condition. 

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Tags: Blog, RSD, CRPS

Are Older Adults Prone to Chronic Pain?

Posted on Tue, Dec 6, 2016

Many older adults frequently experience pain. With the number of age-related diseases out there, that’s no surprise. But what might be surprising is that after a painful event, older adults seem to experience a more pronounced inflammatory response – which could, in turn, lead to more pain. Those were the findings from a recent study published in the journal Experimental Gerontology.[1] The results could help us better understand – and address – chronic pain in the aging population.

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Tags: Inflammation, Blog, Older Adults

What’s Causing Chronic Pain Among Children?

Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Pain isn’t reserved for adults. In fact, between 20-35% of children and adolescents worldwide suffer from chronic pain.[1] Since chronic pain that appears in children often persists later in life, discovering the factors that lead to chronic pain and starting to address them may help the next generation lead a more pain-free life. A new study in the Journal of Pain[2] explored what these factors might be, hinting that childhood lifestyle habits may play a large role in the development of pain.

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Tags: Headache, Blog, Chronic Pain, Kids

Infographic: Handle the Holiday Shopping with Less Pain

Posted on Tue, Nov 22, 2016

This holiday season, don't let shopping become a pain - in your back, neck or anywhere else. Nowadays, there are easier ways to stock up on gifts for everyone you love - and avoid pain in the process. Here are a few quick tips.

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Tags: Blog, Holidays, Shopping

5 Ways to Stop Pain from Ruining Your Thanksgiving

Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2016

Thanksgiving is a time of family, food and fun; it shouldn’t be a time of pain. While the joys of good food and good company may distract you in part from your pain levels, here are five other easy tips to make this Thanksgiving the best one yet.

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Tags: Back Pain, Foods, Blog, Diet, Thanksgiving recipes, Pain-fighting recipes, Fall, Travel