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 […]

Traveling? Add ‘stop, think, stretch’ to your itinerary

According to the National Institutes of Health, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined and pain is cited as the most common reason Americans access the health care system. Debilitating, disabling pain leaves you unable to work, to go out with friends or to conduct your daily activities.  But what about […]

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 […]

The vicious cycle between pain and depression

There is a well-documented link between pain and depression that can make both of them harder to treat if they’re not dealt with quickly. Pain causes depression and depression causes pain in a vicious cycle that can get worse over time. Pain causes depression It’s not hard to see how pain causes depression. Being in […]

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 […]

Treating pain without narcotics

When you’re in pain, you just want it to stop as quickly as possible. We’ve all been there at some point. For me, it was a car crash that left me with severe pain in my lower back and shoulder. My father – a physician himself – recommended I see an osteopathic physical therapist, who […]