10 Things You Need to Know About Prescription Pain Killers Now

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Opioid pain medications are frequently prescribed drugs for conditions such as back, neck, knee, shoulder and post-surgical pain, just to name a few. Unfortunately, many people do not know much about these medications, which include:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycontin
  • Fentanyl
  • Dilaudid
  • Demerol
  • Percocet
  • Vicadin
  • Lortab
  • Norco

Here are the top 10 things you need to know about opioid pain medication. Continue reading

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Joint Replacements, Phantom Limbs and Warning Lights

I work with chronic pain patients quite a bit in the clinic. Using modern neuroscience education and graded motor imagery we are able to cure pain conditions that have been classified as untreatable. I have written previous posts on these topics here and here, and would encourage you to check that out if you are not familiar. Although I like working with chronic pain patients, the majority of people I see are orthopedic patients (knee, back, shoulder etc.).

One particular gentleman came to me a few months ago after undergoing a total knee replacement. His rehabilitation has progressed very well. He has full range of motion and strength, and is back to doing most of his normal activities. However, he has had some lingering pain that continues to limit him. Continue reading

Catching the Deadliest Advice (From 5/30/14)

I LOVE the show Deadliest Catch. I absolutely cannot get enough of it. If you have never seen the program, it is about 6 or so boats that travel the Bering Sea fishing for various types of crab. The show is now in its tenth season, and I still like it just as much as I did in the beginning. The arctic environment the fishermen work in is extremely harsh, and there are often injuries on the boats. Broken fingers, sprained joints, bruises, cuts, and back pain are just a few of the common maladies suffered on the show.

However, I was watching last night and one particular injury caught my attention. Scott Campbell, Jr., the captain of the Seabrook, has been suffering from severe low back pain for most of the king crab season. Last night his condition finally got the best of him, and he was forced to leave his boat to seek medical attention. Continue reading

Holistic vs. Wholistic (From 4/4/14)

I was talking to a friend last weekend about some different health problems she had been having. “I just don’t know what to do,” she said. “My doctor wants me to take these medications, and he says that if I don’t get better soon that we may have to do surgery. I just wish he would take a more holistic approach. Medication and surgery are bad for you, and I just don’t want to go down that road.” My friend and I talked for a while about her condition, and some different options she had available, but our conversation got me thinking, what does holistic actually mean? And what are the potential reasons for, or implication of using holistic treatments? Continue reading