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Navigating Insurance and Pain Medicine Constraints in Pain Management

Categories: Monthly Medical Minutes, News|

With today’s many diversified insurance providers and plans, along with a growing opioid epidemic, it can be confusing – and frustrating – to patients get the services they need and deserve because of limited insurance benefits and some of the restrictive guidelines medical practices must follow surrounding treatment options. An article in the WebMD Medical [...]

The COOLIEF® Procedure and Osteoarthritis

Categories: Monthly Medical Minutes|

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic condition of the joints that occurs most often in the knees, back and hips. Chronic knee OA is one of the most common diseases of advanced aging, affecting up to 20 million adults.   For advanced OA, surgery has been the treatment recommendation. Now a new minimally invasive procedure provides [...]

Opioid Related Deaths Might Be Underestimated: CDC

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Death certificates from drug-linked infections may not label painkillers as possible cause By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's prescription drug abuse epidemic may be even more deadly than expected, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests. Some opioid-related deaths may be missed [...]

Opioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women: Study

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U.S. cases rose 75 percent for females vs. 55 percent for males over a decade, study finds WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Opioid-related hospitalizations among women in the United States increased far faster than among men between 2005 and 2014, a federal government report says. Among women, hospitalizations involving opioid painkillers or heroin [...]

Daily Habits To Help Reduce Chronic Pain

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Chronic pain can affect even the simplest daily tasks. Take charge of your life and manage your pain better using these at-home techniques. Learn deep breathing and relaxation techniques. Helping the body relax can ease pain. Reduce or eliminate stress. Stress intensifies the body’s reaction to pain. Examples might include listening to music, mental imagery [...]

7-Fold Spike Seen in Opioid-Linked Fatal Car Crashes

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Two decades of U.S. data show another way these prescription medications are taking lives By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter In yet another sign of just how deadly the U.S. opioid epidemic has become, researchers report a sevenfold increase in the number of drivers killed in car crashes while under the influence of prescription painkillers. Prescriptions [...]

New FDA Head Outlines ‘Forceful Steps’ Against Opioid Crisis

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On the agenda: better-tailored painkiller doses, doctor training and more TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The new U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner has called on senior agency officers to develop "more forceful steps" to control the U.S. opioid epidemic. On Tuesday, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, President Trump's pick for the agency, announced the [...]

Dr. Wilson Panelist for NCMB Opioid Prescriber Best Practices

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Robert B. Wilson, II, MD, Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Physician Robert B. Wilson, II, MD, served as one of four panelists discussing the best practices for pain management and opioid therapies on May 4, 2017. Sponsored by the North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB),“Prescribing Controlled Substances-What Every Prescriber Needs to Know” focused on the [...]

In-Office Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial

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In this fifteen minute video, Dr. Wilson performs a spinal cord stimulator trial for a patient with severe back pain. The video documents the minimally invasive aspect of the procedure which is done in the office. The patient is awake and comfortable. Piedmont Interventional Pain Care utilizes spinal cord stimulation to treat many who suffer [...]