Winter Prepping

Winter Prepping

Dear Patients, With all of the unfortunate changes we face as doctors and patients in chronic pain management, it is easy to forget about what we CAN control. Winter is fast approaching, so it behooves us to review some very basic but nonetheless critical self-help maneuvers. So, without further ado, here they are: Boot/Shoe Traction… Read more »


Opioids For Chronic Pain

opiods

Dear Patients, I’ve been practicing pain management since 1994, and as is the case with all of us who have spent many years in the same occupation, I’ve learned a few absolutes. Here are three of them: Opioids are still the primary analgesic/painkiller available to us, and most of the time, they either help some… Read more »


Teamwork

Dear Patients: This will be brief. I’d like to ask for your help with something, and let me preface this by saying that I absolutely understand how the past few years have been particularly difficult ones for patients with chronic pain. Chronic pain is never good. We’ve talked about this, you and I. How once… Read more »


Patient Driven Data

Patient Driven Data

Dear Patients: This blog is a bad news/good news blog. Two parts. Bad news first. For many years, we had you filling out a survey before each appointment. It asked a lot of questions that might have seemed only peripherally involved with your physical pain. However, thanks to your cooperation, the data we collected confirmed… Read more »


Healthcare Reform

Healthcare Reform

Dear Patients: Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with a prominent pain specialist from Illinois. He is very involved in the politics that surround our specialty and affect our patients. I asked him this one simple question: should patients contact our state’s health insurance oversight organization to share the specifics of what is… Read more »