Many pundits and economists believe that our economy is starting to show the early stages of bouncing back. We are starting to see signs of improving consumer confidence, the sprouting of signs of economic growth, and unemployment has at least bottomed out if not slightly improved of late. Results seem to show that recent holiday spending is above the prior years’ depressed level, and perhaps better than what was expected going into the 2009...
“Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain” comes to you at a pivotal time in our nation’s history. Few are satisfied with the current state of health care in the United States, yet even fewer seem to have the stomach for creating true wholesale changes to what most believe is so broken. Washington is in the midst of trying to pass legislation to overhaul a system that many believe is too costly, inefficient, and compares less favorably to other...
I am working on a presentation analyzing cost in pain treatment that I will be giving in Las Vegas, and I thought that instead of letting whatever happens in Vegas stay there that I would share it with you all. Here is some of the data:
Who is regulating health care, anyway? In Take Charge of Your Chronic Pain I discussed how profitable treating pain is for corporate America. That includes publicly traded pharmaceutical companies and device makers, as well as hospitals, surgery centers, and medical practices. Market forces often seem to drive the type of care provided to patients, as opposed to adhering to best practice guidelines or Evidence-Based Medicine.
What does someone in pain really want? I think, deep down, they just want to feel better. That seems reasonable, doesn’t it? You bet. While conceptually this seems pretty straightforward, one must dig a bit deeper to find the complexities of simply feeling better.
The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study that found tai chi to be an effective treatment for reducing pain and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. The research was headed by a group from Tufts Medical Center led by Dr. Chenchen Wang. The article’s study group participated in two one hour tai chi classes each week for twelve weeks and was compared to a control group.
Move It or Lose It: Why Inactivity Hurts One of the most significant contributors to chronic pain is also one of the biggest health problems in our modern society: inactivity. I guess we can define this paradoxically as “the action of no action.”
Common Western Medical Treatments for Chronic Pain
Doctors have long resorted to the knife to treat certain painful conditions, but the use of many surgeries for the treatment of chronic pain—as opposed to those for acute injuries like fractures and tears—remains controversial. There are still many questions to be answered, even about more common surgeries such as spine surgery. For example, where does low back surgery fit in for the treatment of chronic low back pain? And what does your doctor...
Our bodies are designed for movement. Keeping them inactive only makes pain worse, so let’s get down to the business of moving. This part of the website includes exercises that universally benefit chronic pain sufferers. I have been offering my own rehabilitation and exercise programs to patients since 2001, so I have the benefit of tapping into years of studying and monitoring what works best.