Chronic Pain

When someone is in pain, their whole family is impacted.
We all know someone who has had knee surgery or a knee replacement, or who was forced to live a more sedentary lifestyle because of knee issues. This person might even be you. You are not alone. In fact, knee pain is the second most common type of chronic pain. A third of all Americans report experiencing knee pain at some time or another. And roughly 3 million women and 1.7 million men are living with total knee replacements.
Fibromyalgia has become one of the most widespread chronic pain conditions, affecting an estimated 10 million people in the United States and approximately 5 percent of people in the world. What’s more astounding is that 75 to 90 percent of people with this disorder are women. As the field of fascial research grows, scientists are finding the missing pieces to help people manage their pain by focusing on fascial intervention rather than...
Mark Johnson Presenting at RSDSA Conference
Mark Johnson has a Ph.D in Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of North Texas, and completed medical psychology rotations at Duke University Medical Center. His specialties include chronic pain, sleep, and co-occurring mood disorders. Dr. Johnson has been with the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center since 2014. This presentation is part of a broader discussion on integrated Solutions to CRPS, treating the whole...
Michael Sullivan, PT, MSPT is the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center. Mr. Sullivan's lecture deals with one of the many issues that people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome struggle with--that movement is painful, to the point where individuals with CRPS don't feel they have the choice to be active. The lecture also talks about neuroplasticity, graded motor imagery, mirror box therapy, and virtual...
Dr. Peter Abaci Presenting at RSDSA Conference
Peter Abaci, MD is the co-founder and medical director of The Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, author of, "Take Control of Your Pain", and a frequent contributor to WebMD, Pain Pathways, and Huffington Post. His objective is to teach you how to have a great life with CRPS. This presentation is part of the broader discussion on integrated Solutions to CRPS, treating the whole person, and optimizing wellness.
Yoga pose for back pain
This short yoga for back pain sequence was designed for all of you with back and/or shoulder tension! Yoga is great for stretching, gaining flexibility, and releasing tension from sore backs, sciatica pain, and many other ailments that you might be experiencing. We often neglect to strengthen our lower and upper backs, and this video offers some very powerful stretches and back muscle building exercises, to give your back a nice break.
If you’ve been feeling like your doctor visits aren’t doing much to help your low back pain, there’s now some research to back you up. The health journal, The Lancet, recently published a series of articles looking at how we treat back pain, and the gist of their findings is that most of us who go to a doctor for an aching back are probably receiving inappropriate or unnecessary treatment. According to the researchers, the most common missteps...
Plantar fasciitis is perhaps the worst possible issue for an athlete or someone leading an active lifestyle. Ask me how I know – it’s the issue I had two decades ago that nearly destroyed my career. I recall waking up one morning thinking I must have stepped on a piece of glass or something. The odd sensation in my foot wasn’t like anything I’d ever experienced before.
As pressure to cut back on prescription opioids continues to mount, doctors and patients are feeling the heat.

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