317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601

317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
Tel: 1-864-235-1834, Fax: 1-864-235-2486

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Diagnosing Low Back Pain

Diagnosing Low Back Pain.  Pain in the lower back is one of the most common reasons for people to call in sick to work or be unable to function as well as they would like in their day to day lives. According to the World Health Organization low back pain accounts for around 149 million lost work days each year, which equates to between 100 and 200 billion dollars a year of losses due to reductions in productivity and lost earnings. It’s such a widespread condition, and yet initial treatment options predominantly consist of rest, massage, taking painkillers and gentle exercise. The situation has been described by doctors writing in the March editions of leading medical journal The Lancet as a “major global challenge”, with a reported 50% increase since 1990 in cases of disability due to back pain.

Empathizing with the Pain of Fibromyalgia

In many ways, fibromyalgia is a lot like mental illness – no-one can tell from looking at you that you have it, and there’s no way of proving to people how debilitating it can be. Ironically, depression is a common aspect of fibromyalgia, so in effect you get two invisible illnesses for the price of one. The invisibility of these conditions makes it hard for people to understand the pain you are feeling, and this lack of empathy can make you wish you had something more obvious wrong with you, such as a broken leg. Nice plaster cast, crutches, immediate understanding from everyone who sees you that you have been through an extremely painful ordeal. The other advantage of having a broken leg is that it should heal completely in a reasonable length of time, whereas with fibromyalgia there’s no knowing when, if ever, your symptoms will be resolved.

Why Opioid Treatment Doesn’t Work

Opioid Epidemic Alternative Treatment Options

No doubt you’ve heard by now that America is facing an opioid crisis of epidemic levels. Over 2 million Americans are thought to be addicted to prescription opioids, like oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin).

Opioids, prescription and otherwise, are now the leading cause of overdose deaths in the US, claiming 115 lives per day. With such incredible risks, you’d think that these highly addictive drugs would be prescribed in only the most severe instances. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.