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Pain management is an important consideration when you’re having surgery –...

Chronic pain affects up to one-third of the world population. We recognize that an individual approach to treating pain is needed and that for some patients, prescription opioids are necessary. However, the overemphasis on treating chronic pain with opioids has been associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. With 6.8% of the U.S. population now taking long-term opioids, there is an urgent need to reduce opioids and patient risks and...

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.

As pressure to cut back on prescription opioids continues to mount, doctors...

By Dr. Peter Abaci

If you’ve seen the regular stream of stories in the media about the “opioid epidemic,” the thought of starting an opioid pain medication might make you a little uneasy. But if you are scheduled for an elective surgery, dental work, or experience an acute injury, your doctor is likely to prescribe one – an estimated 1 out of every 5 patients with non-cancer pain are prescribed opioids by their doctors. So how can you...

By Dr. Peter Abaci

This is Health Revolution Radio with Dr. Peter Abaci. Today's topic: breaking down the CNN town hall on painkillers.

Footprints in sand

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb in his skin and walk in it.” That was the immortal advice given by Atticus Finch to Scout in the classic American novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by the late Harper Lee. Scout’s journey would eventually become impactful, leading her to break down many stereotypes and preconceptions along the way, but only after she learned to see things from...

Prescription Addiction Response Graphic

The recent airing of the CNN town hall discussion “Prescription Addiction: Made in the USA,” hosted by Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta seems to have captured the attention of chronic pain patients all across America based on what I have seen on social media over the last few days. I applaud all the experts who participated, not only for their commitment to addressing the deadly problem of painkiller addiction, but also for trying to...

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