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By Dr. J.M. Paterno What is neuropathy? Neuropathy is a general term used to describe malfunctioning nerves. This may present as  symptoms involving sensory changes, numbness,  weakness or pain caused by some form of nerve dysfunction or damage.  Potential causes are numerous.  Examples include neuropathies related to diabetes, traumatic injuries, degenerative changes in the body, hereditary factors,  nutritional deficiencies, and even medication side effects.  Whatever the reason, there are steps that we can take to ensure that different neuropathy types are diagnosed and managed. What is peripheral neuropathy? Certainly one of the more common types of neuropathy is peripheral neuropathy. It’s one that we

Dr. Samuel Pegram Rheumatoid Arthritis, might not be the most common arthritic conditions, it is most certainly one to be aware of. Contrary to initial thought, it’s actually an auto-immune disease that, if not addressed early, can cause long-term damage on the bones. It can start with minor discomfort in small joints, and when more severe, can aggravate the internal organs. What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis? There are several answers, and none of them have been totally confirmed. Like most auto-immune diseases, there’s a genetic component and then there’s an outside factor. We do know that patients with Rheumatoid have abnormalities on the short arm

By Dr. Mark Malone, Founder of Advanced Pain Care When you walk through the doors at Advanced Pain Care, I want you to feel happy and optimistic. Everyone at APC brings a positive attitude to their work, and we want you to feel the same way we do. I know you’re in some form of pain when you visit us. I know that’s an unpleasant experience. Feeling happy and optimistic isn’t a typical feeling for most chronic pain patients. That’s why I created Advanced Pain Care: I saw a need for comprehensive and compassionate patient care. And my own personal experience as a pain

By Dr. Raphael Ye Whether you’re experiencing pain for the first time — or have been managing it for years — you might be under the false impression that pain is part of your life forever.  But at Advanced Pain Care, we don’t think anyone is beyond help in achieving lasting pain relief. When I met Yolanda, she was one of those patients who thought pain was just a part of life. After a car accident in 2010, she began suffering from chronic pain in her lower back and legs.  That pain persisted as she tried multiple treatments over six years. So when she started

By Sandra Gill, LCSW Addressing the relationship between the mind and body is an integral part of our process at Advanced Pain Care.  As a practicing therapist for 20 years, I’ve supported patients from all walks of life. We know your mental health is a critical component of your well-being and that chronic pain and mental health influence each other — especially when it comes to depression.  Understanding that relationship can dramatically impact your recovery from chronic pain. How Does Chronic Pain and Depression Influence Each Other? There’s a direct correlation between chronic pain and depression. If you have either chronic pain or depression, you are

By Dr. Yuen Cheng As a pain management doctor, I treat the whole spectrum of acute pain and chronic pain.  My specialty is interventional pain management, which utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to managing your pain. This multidisciplinary specialty is what makes me a perfect fit for Advanced Pain Care — a practice dedicated to multidisciplinary collaboration in treating pain patients. At APC, I collaborate with the practitioners in neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and addiction medicine to provide a tailored pain management plan for each patient. Who Can Benefit From APC? I’m a detailed-oriented, non-judgmental person who builds a strong rapport with each patient. I build

By Anthony Perardi, Chief Physician Assistant At APC, we take great care to be sure we’re setting our patients up for long-term pain relief with advanced pain management. Medications can be an important part of addressing chronic pain, but we know you have questions about painkillers – and for good reason. Data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that, between 2000 and 2017, prescription opioid drug users had a higher overdose mortality rate than heroin users. The overdose death rates for both those populations dropped in 2018 (though synthetic opioid overdose deaths increased). The good news is that the

By Dr. Ryan Michaud The spinal cord stimulator may sound like a newer technology, but it’s actually been around for many years. The first documented use was in 1967. Like many technologies of that era, the spinal cord stimulator has improved dramatically over the years — even within the past three years. It continues to be a safe, effective treatment for helping patients with chronic pain syndromes. Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions about the spinal cord stimulator. How Does the Spinal Cord Stimulator Work? The spinal cord stimulator blocks pain signals that are sent to your brain. It’s placed in

By Amber Featherston, Director of Surgical Services In APC’s recent Facebook Live lunch, we had over 300 comments asking Dr. Mark Malone, Dr. Brad Culling, and Patient Ambassador Chester Jones a variety of questions about the spinal cord stimulator. (If you missed it, you can watch the full video on our YouTube channel.) With such enthusiastic participation, we couldn’t answer all of your questions in that session, so we’ve answered them below. We also encourage you to set up an appointment so we can address questions that are unique to your personal situation. If you’d like to read more about the spinal cord

By Dr. Arturo Villarreal, Orthopedic Surgeon When it comes to your shoulder pain, you might be suffering from a rotator cuff tear. Your shoulder joint contains tendons that connect the bones to the muscles. Rotator cuff tears are caused by torn tendons in the shoulder joint.  Orthopedic surgeons can treat joint pain in your shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. If you’re experiencing pain in any of these critical areas, Advanced Pain Care Orthopedics can treat it. Related: A Guide to APC’s Orthopedic Expertise Is My Shoulder Pain a Rotator Cuff Tear? There are two common types of rotator cuff tears —