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Navigating Insurance and Pain Medicine Constraints in Pain Management

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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

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Plantar Fasciitis Can Be Painful But Also Prevented

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The warm weather across our region is making it easier to put those exercise-related resolutions into action. But pay attention to a sore heel that could be more than an out-of-shape muscle. It could be plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of [...]

The Role of a Pain Management Physician – And Why You Should See One

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The medical field continues to learn more about the complexities of pain. Pain is a wide spectrum of disorders that can be acute, chronic or a combination of both. It can stem from many different reasons such as disease, injury, surgery or nerve damage. Sometimes pain can be the problem in and of itself, with [...]