Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:54

Nikki

An avid snowboarder, Nikki has taken a few tumbles in the snow, but never a big enough fall to stop her from enjoying the winter season. But when Nikki started to have recurrent pain in her shoulder, she came to Advanced Pain Management.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:31

Buddy

Back Pain Relief and Getting Back in the Game

It's hard to miss Buddy on the sidelines of his high school team’s football practices and games these days. His orange shoes, for one thing, help him stand out, but he is also able to jog the sidelines, demonstrate movements and positioning, and even jump into drills with his players. This however, was not always the case.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:29

Bridget

Back to Work After Back Pain Treatment

Not every bank has an employee like Bridget, who knows her customers by name, asks about their families and always provides service with a smile. But when back painbegan to make it difficult for her to perform her job duties, Bridget wasn’t always up for smiling. That's when she sought help for her pain and found Advanced Pain Management.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 20:18

Maria

Maria is living a life she never imagined she could have.

For most of her life, Maria spent her summers outdoors showing horses. But after six years of foot pain, which caused her to lose the ability to work with her horses regularly, Maria came to see the physicians at Advanced Pain Management for a second opinion. Maria suffered from a painful disease called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS or RSD), and she had never seen a doctor who could really help with the pain.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 16:25

Angela

“How am I going to go on?” That’s the question Angela asked herself again and again during her battle with chronic neuropathy and Reynaud’s. The intense pain in her left hand and the pain and numbness in her feet had begun to eat away at her life until she could no longer babysit her grandchildren, walk without falling or even sleep in her own bed.

Sunday, 19 November 2017 05:43

Golf Stretches to Reduce Back Pain

Golfing and back pain. If you are an avid golfer you know the importance of having a healthy back on the golf course. But did you know that strength and flexibility can help you add distance to your golf game and help you prevent pain and injury? It's true.

Advanced Pain Management's team of physicians has some recommendations to help you prevent back pain injury and to help you add distance to your drives. Take a look and leave us your comments below! What do you do to help prevent injury on the course?

Download and share our "Golf Tips: Reduce Pain and Improve Your Game" info sheet for more information.


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Sunday, 19 November 2017 05:37

8 Daily Habits That Reduce Pain

Oftentimes a patient’s most complicated challenge is pinpointing the source of what is causing them pain. Pain specialists are trained to recognize conditions and recommend new treatments, procedures and pain management techniques. Relief can come in the form of not only medications, but also a few simple habits that can be incorporated into our daily routine to help alleviate both acute & chronic pain. From exercise to meditation, quitting smoking to eating healthy foods, these simple habits could change your quality of life.

Download the infographic.

8 daily habits to help reduce pain

You may have read the recent article in the New York Times discussing new research indicating that the use of yoga and stretching were equally effective in easing chronic back pain. The study demonstrated that regular use of both yoga and stretching exercises helped participants ease chronic back pain, and it also helped improve function.

Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some point in their lives. This study demonstrates the benefits of adding exercise to your weekly activities, and moreover, that you can help yourself prevent or reduce back pain. Download some of Advanced Pain Management's simple at home exercises for back pain including exercise and stretching eBooks:

Five Moves to Strengthen Your Back and Core

Six Stretches to Help Back Pain

Injury Prevention at Home and at Work

High heels and their effect on women’s feet, legs and toes are often highly debated when it comes to the topic of women’s fashion. If you are a woman, it is likely you have found yourself in a situation where a brand new pair of killer heels left a bigger mark than just a great fashion statement. The perfect complement to an outfit or the illusion of longer legs isn’t always worth the long-term compromises to muscle strength and increased chance for injury.

In past years, the average height of high-heeled shoes has gone from 3 to 5 inches. Shoes with heels two inches or higher cause feet to slide forward and toes are forced into an unnatural shape. When foot sliding occurs, weight is distributed incorrectly. An increased weight on your toes may cause your body to tilt forward which forces you to compensate by leaning backwards and overarching your back. This position may cause strain on knees, hips and the lower back.

Here are a few quick facts you need to know to prevent pain from high heels:

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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) has always been a difficult condition to treat. CRPS, previously called reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), which typically causes aching or burning sensations in the arms or legs and can manifest after an injury or surgery, doesn’t always respond to the treatment methods that work for other conditions. Even individuals with an implantable spinal cord stimulator don’t always experience the desired levels of CRPS pain relief. But all of that is about to change.

A revolutionary new stimulator, which works in the dorsal root ganglion (DRG) region of the spine, has been proven extremely effective for the treatment of CRPS I and II. And in June, Advanced Pain Management became the first company in Wisconsin to begin offering it.

How it Works

DRG stimulation has the same three components as typical spinal cord stimulation (SCS): a generator with a battery, which sends out electrical pulses; insulated wire leads, which carry the electrical pulses to a specific area in your spinal cord; and the handheld patient controller, which allows you to adjust the location and strength of the stimulation. The trial is also the same: For roughly a week patients are fitted with a temporary device to determine its effectiveness for their particular pain condition.

What’s different with DRG stimulation is the location being stimulated. The dorsal root ganglion is a spinal structure densely populated with sensory nerves, which regulate signals and sensations as they travel to the brain. The DRG corresponds to particular locations in the body (like the feet and groin) meaning that stimulating it results in targeted pain relief to the specific areas affected by CRPS. This targeting means a better level of CRPS pain relief than typical SCS.

Proven Effective

DRG stimulation was the focus of a 12-month comprehensive study, known as the ACCURATE study.[1] Researchers found that 74.2% of patients using DRG stimulation had 50% or greater pain relief after one year, versus 53% of those utilizing traditional SCS. This means that not only can DRG provide superior CRPS pain relief, but it’s also sustained over time.

For those patients who experienced paresthesia, or the tingling sensation that replaces the pain, 94.5% of them reported that the sensation was confined to the primary area of pain. With traditional SCS, only 61.2% of patients reported this. In some cases, though, paresthesia was eliminated altogether. About 1/3 of patients experienced over 80% pain relief with no paresthesia at all.

According to the study, patients also had improvements in quality of life measures, psychological disposition and physical activity levels.

Other Benefits

Unlike some other SCS systems, the DRG system doesn’t have to be recharged, since it actually uses a fraction of the energy of typical systems. While the battery will still have to be replaced (roughly every five years), battery replacement with this device has also improved, meaning an easier process.

Additionally, like traditional SCS, DRG should reduce the need for oral medications, meaning fewer opioid-related side effects. Plus the system is reversible and can be removed at any time.

Learn More about CRPS (RSD) Pain Relief

If you’re suffering from CRPS and would like to learn more about DRG stimulation – including if it may be right for you – call (888) 901-PAIN or schedule a chat with a member of our care team staff to discuss your RSD pain relief / CRPS pain relief.

Get moving. Call (888) 901-PAIN (7246) or click to schedule a consultation now.

[1] "Long Term Data Confirms the St. Jude Medical Axium System Delivers Sustained and Superior Pain Relief for Patients with Chronic Lower Limb Pain." BusinessWire.com. December 11, 2015. Accessed August 22, 2016. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151211005787/en/.

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