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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]