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By Dr. Brad Culling People often use chronic pain and chronic pain syndrome synonymously, and for good reason. In both cases, patients have been suffering from life-debilitating pain for at least three months to be technically diagnosed with chronic pain.  However, in some cases, chronic pain develops into something so severe that it begins to affect the emotional and mental well-being. When a patient’s pain causes them to develop depression, anxiety, or hopelessness, their condition has evolved into chronic pain syndrome. According to the CDC, at least 20% of Americans suffer from chronic pain, and from experience, we estimate around 50% of those

By Dr. Andre Chen The growing opioid epidemic lies between two major intersections: reducing the suffering of chronic pain patients and reducing the risk of opioid addiction. Our successful opioid stewardship program delegates the appropriate use of opioid addiction management to improve patient outcomes and reduce the complications of opioid therapy. Good Intentions Lead To The Prescription Opioid Epidemic Beginning in the mid-1990s, US health practitioners gradually increased the use of prescription opioids with a good intention to help manage a crisis of untreated chronic pain and provide better access to pain control, often for cancer or at the end of life. Before that,

By Dr. Paul Le At Advanced Pain Care, we understand that wellness is not just physical. It’s imperative to prioritize your mental health just as much as we do your physical health. We hope that the following six coping mechanisms for chronic pain will help you manage your pain more effectively, improve the impact of your physical treatments, and ultimately help you find a complete state of wellbeing.  The Three Components Of An Effective Chronic Pain Treatment Treating chronic pain is like balancing on three legs—without one of the legs, you risk reducing the efficacy of your plan of care through:  Mechanics: The treatments such

Every person’s pain is unique, and every person’s success with the spinal stimulator is different.  When chronic pain patients share their stories and journey with spinal stimulation, it often reminds us that others are going through similar experiences.  It's a reminder to connect with those that need support and continue to offer solutions that can give you the pain relief you deserve.  Saundra H. shares her inspiring story about her long struggle with chronic pain, and how the decision to choose spinal cord stimulation with Advanced Pain Care changed her life.  12 Years Of Chronic Back Pain With No Relief Saundra was an active

By Dr. Clayton Adams An estimated 50 million people live with chronic pain, and if you're one, then you may need a pain management clinic to help you get back to an active, healthy life.  If you’re looking for a clinic, then you’ve made it clear that you deserve relief.  We know that choice and journey is not always easy, especially if you’ve been a victim of pain stigmas.  And if you’ve already gone to a pain management clinic and didn’t feel heard or felt that the doctors didn’t believe you, then we get why you may feel nervous going to a new clinic

By Dr. Asim Aijaz If you're one of the many post-op back surgery patients who continue to feel persistent pain and still experience limitation, then know this:  You are not alone, and your symptoms are not uncommon.  Many patients like yourself, suffer from "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome" (FBSS).  FBSS is a condition characterized by chronic pain following back or neck surgery. Common symptoms include:  Diffuse, dull, aching pain involving your back, lower legs, neck, or arms.Sharp, stinging pain as well as pins and needles sensations.Painful numbness or increased sensitivity. Several factors can cause this persistent pain, including residual or recurrent disc herniation, persistent pressure on a

By Dr. Mark Malone Before the pain, I had a thriving life.  A growing medical practice.  A loving family with three young kids.  A healthy body that let me lift weights, waterski, bicycle, and play basketball in my free time.  My life was full, which is why I couldn't help but be in denial when I started experiencing chronic pain.  For over five years, my life was on pause. I was robbed by debilitating sensations that prevented me from doing anything literally.  On my worst days, I had to choose between taking my family out to dinner, or treating a few patients, simply because I couldn't do

By Dr. Raphael Ye After years of treating chronic back pain patients with motor deficits, we've found that back surgery is frequently never 100% successful.  The thing is, surgery is the most invasive, intense, and risky of all treatments.  There is never a guarantee that the surgery will work, and there's always the risk that your pain will persist and worsen, or the operation will introduce new pain sensations.  Some patients suffer from a condition defined by chronic back pain after surgery, called 'Failed Back Surgery Syndrome' (FBSS).  Before taking the risk with surgery, it's always best practice to put as much space between you