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Pain Doctor For When There Is No Unifying Diagnosis

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Aches & Pains, Blog, Complex Chronic Pain, Education, Medical Condition, Patient Enrichment, Treatment Options | 0 comments

In daily life when problem solving we are trained to look for commonality between a presenting situation and others like it.  In medicine we do that too.  We try to cluster all symptoms together and look for something, a thing, that went wrong to explain them.   While this is great when it works (there is only one thing that has to be fixed) sadly it frequently fails.  In many people with complex, chronic pain, or in those with other concurrent medical problems, the only way to actually get back on a healing path is to accept that there is no...

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Pain Management in Hypermobility

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Aches & Pains, Blog, Complex Chronic Pain, Medical Condition, Regenerative Medicine, Treatment Options | 0 comments

People with loose ligaments (hypermobility) often have chronic pain.  Others think that being loose means you are not tight and therefor you should hurt less but it doesn’t quite work that way. When you are too loose joints are susceptible to damage, and tendon, muscles, and ligaments are more susceptible to strain. The looser you are the more at risk you are.  Many people just consider themselves flexible or double jointed  and think nothing of it.  But they too are at risk;  they just have a mild form of hypermobility.  Learn more...

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Movement For Pain Relief

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Aches & Pains, Blog, Education, Health, Fitness, and Nutrition, Self Enrichment, Treatment Options | 0 comments

Quite often people in pain are afraid to move, after all, they hurt.  But not moving leads tightness, tension, weakness and ultimately more pain.  And that vicious circle can never be good. In cases like this balancing the right amount of movement with the limitations that are present is the key.   Start with breathing.   Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth (for someone in pain just breathing is movement). Others can work on contract – relax.  In this instance a muscle group is contracted (with or without moving the...

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Pain Versus Tension

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Aches & Pains, Blog, Complex Chronic Pain, Health, Fitness, and Nutrition, Patient Enrichment, Self Enrichment | 0 comments

Many people with chronic pain are tense.  They naturally  attribute their tension to chronic pain.   But it is quite possible that it is because of tension that they have chronic pain. There is no doubt that tension leads to tightness and tightness leads to weakness.  Most likely both  tension and chronic pain are synergistic in this regard.  They each contribute to Total Load (the total number of things that don’t allow you to get well).   So how does one reduce tension?  There are many options including medications, exercise (movement...

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Fibromyalgia Relief

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Aches & Pains, Blog, Medical Condition, Treatment Options | 0 comments

Many patients with Fibromyalgia are told there is nothing that can be done to give them relief.  That is not true.   While there is no singular cause or treatment that cures Fibromyalgia there are many options for treatment that can relieve pain, improve function, and enhance quality of life.  Visit our links on Fibromyalgia to learn more....

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Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We hope you have had a happy Thanksgiving Holiday.

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Peripheral Neuropathy Signs versus Symptoms

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Aches & Pains, Blog, Neuropathy, Patient Enrichment | 0 comments

In medicine signs and symptoms are not the same thing.  For example with peripheral neuropathy someone might complain of numbness, tingling, or hot and cold sensations in the foot but on physical exam they may have loss of pin prick or vibratory sense up to the knee.   By performing a careful evaluation of the peripheral neuropathy signs, rather then just relying on symptoms, a more accurate assessment can be made.   Learn more about peripheral neuropathy by visiting the Medical Conditions and Treatment Options links on...

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