Monthly Medical Minutes

The COOLIEF® Procedure and Osteoarthritis

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

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 when people die […]

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    Opioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women: Study

Opioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women: Study

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 rose […]

Daily Habits To Help Reduce Chronic Pain

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 relaxation […]

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    Kris Watson, PA-C, to Present at Pain Management Workshop in Baltimore

Kris Watson, PA-C, to Present at Pain Management Workshop in Baltimore

Kris Watson, PA-C, will be a featured presenter at a pain management provider workshop in Baltimore, MD, on May 20. Kris will speak about spinal cord stimulation therapy,  patient selection, implant trials and implant techniques.

 

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    Dr. Wilson Panelist for NCMB Opioid Prescriber Best Practices

Dr. Wilson Panelist for NCMB Opioid Prescriber Best Practices

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 opioid crisis in North Carolina and prevention of opioid overdoses.
In April 2016, NCMB […]

In-Office Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial

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 from back […]

Plantar Fasciitis Can Be Painful But Also Prevented

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 […]

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

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

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, […]

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    Pain In the Lower Back? Learn About Treatment Options for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Pain In the Lower Back? Learn About Treatment Options for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

If you notice pain in your lower back area when you stand up, you could have an inflamed sacroiliac joint (SI joint). Piedmont Interventional Pain Care offers treatment options for this common ailment.

The SI joint connects the spine and the pelvis. People have two SI joints in the lower back on either side […]