Chronic pain has become a growing concern for elderly Americans and unfortunately, care for these individuals is not being made a priority. According to an article published in NIH Medline Plus, research has found 50 percent of older adults who live on their own and 75 to 85 percent of seniors living in assisted living facilities suffer from chronic pain. The article further stated, “pain among older adults is largely undertreated, with serious health consequences, such as depression anxiety, decreased mobility, social isolation, poor sleep, and related health risks.”*

Pain may be considered a common side effect of aging for elderly adults, but it’s important seniors with severe pain see a specialist who can rule out degenerative... Read more

Reflexologists at TriState Pain Institute recognize specific points on the body, particularly the hands, feet, and ears which correspond to certain bones and organs. It follows the traditional belief of whole body healing. So if certain points on your hands and feet are worked and stimulated, the rest of your body can feel healthy as well. Typically, the left foot corresponds with the left side of the body and the right foot stimulates health in organs and bones on the right side of the body. It is similar to acupuncture because both recognize points on the body as triggers for the whole body. 

Reflexology and massage therapy are different practices. They both apply pressure points to specific areas of the body. Many massage... Read more

If you’ve ever had back pain after a long drive, you’re certainly not alone. For many of our patients, road trips are not the only times they feel pain and getting to appointments at TriState Pain Institute can be difficult. Our team looked at common driving complaints and came up with some ways to make the commute a little more comfortable for you.

Patients suffering from back pain may have a difficult time driving if the car causes the neck to be strained, doesn’t offer proper back support, or is small so the driver has to hunch over. Fortunately, in-car lumbar support devices can be purchased for a more comfortable ride. They are much like pillows that blend into your seats a little easier rather than having something stick... Read more

Steroid injections are used by pain specialists to reduce pain by injecting medication right to the spot of the pain, instead of taking medication that has to be absorbed by the body. The type of injection differs purely based on where the physician administers the injection. For example, epidural steroid injections are targeted to back pain, and trigger point injections are administered into muscle groups where trigger points are causing pain. 

Fluoroscopic guided hip injections are similar to many of the other steroid injections in terms of technique. The physician first gives the patient a shot of numbing medication that makes the hip joints feel tingly, but lessens the pain of the second injection. The steroid that is given... Read more

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Traffic accidents may increase your risk of developing widespread chronic pain. A study from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland found more people with chronic pain reported a traumatic incident versus others with no such occurrence (i.e. car accident, surgery, workplace injury, etc.) TriState Pain Institute is investigating the likelihood of chronic pain after a car accident, and what to do to manage the pain.

A recent report from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine evaluated the occurrence of musculoskeletal pain after motor vehicle collisions in the U.S.  and found chronic neck pain is common among car crash victims. More than six weeks after their accidents, 70 percent of patients reported... Read more

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Researchers at Washington State University found Internet-based programs that focus on non-medical alternatives to manage chronic pain could reduce patient reliance on opioid pain medication. The study tracked the progress of individuals involved in an eight-week online course that provided tools to manage psychological, social and health concerns common with chronic pain. Dr. Benjamin Venger discusses the benefits of supplemental therapies to boost overall health in chronic pain patients.

The Internet-based program involved in the study taught chronic pain patients non-medical alternatives to managing their pain symptoms; some of these methods included physical activities, maintaining a positive mindset, and how... Read more

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