Wellness vs. dieting in pain management

When you’re in pain, the last thing you want is for your doctor to tell you that it would get better if you just lost weight. In fact, weight is a leading reason why people in pain (and people in general) don’t go to the doctor – they don’t want to be harassed about their […]

Stopping migraines before they start

A migraine isn’t just a bad headache; it’s a specific type of headache that comes with severe throbbing or pulsing pain on one side of the head – or sometimes both sides. Migraines are often accompanied by nausea or vomiting and they’re made worse by light or noise. A migraine can last for hours or […]

Fibromyalgia: examining invisible pain

Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood pain disorder, which makes it difficult and frustrating to treat.  Fibromyalgia falls under a group of disorders known as Central Sensitization Syndromes. This means that while the pain itself is felt in the musculoskeletal system, the primary issue seems to be in the nervous system. This explains why the pain […]

What to do before you have back surgery

People tend to view pain management as a last-resort option after surgery. This is a mistake, especially when it concerns back pain.  We tell the primary care physicians and specialists we work with that we’d really like them to refer patients to us as soon as they say the words “back pain” because in many […]

How to help your loved one manage pain – without burning out yourself

An estimated 67 million Americans are unpaid caregivers who spend about 20 hours a week taking care of a sick or disabled person – usually a child, partner or parent. Most of them (66%) are women and how much they do depends on the condition of the person they’re taking care of. For some, it’s […]

Acute vs chronic pain – what’s the difference?

As we age, we all get back pain at some point. So how do you know when it’s time to see a doctor about it? The answer is usually “right away.” Many people think that pain clinics are only for chronic pain but the truth is, if you see a doctor when your pain is […]

Every day stretches for back pain relief

The human back is a tricky thing; it’s both incredibly strong and also incredibly easy to hurt.  Back pain is the number one type of pain that we treat at Integrative Pain Specialists and that’s not just at our practice; it’s everywhere. Back pain is not only the most common types of pain in the […]

The X Factor in your Recovery is: YOU

Doctors, therapists and nutritionists can do a lot to ease your pain, but there’s only one person who can take your treatment all the way. That’s right, it’s you. As a licensed physical therapist for Integrative Pain Specialists, I work every day with patients who are experiencing chronic pain. I can work with you in […]