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New advances in Spinal Cord Stimulation therapy: More relief, less side-effects

Spinal Cord Stimulation  therapy has been getting more attention as a treatment option for patients with chronic neuropathic pain. It works by delivering controlled electrical impulses to specific locations along the spinal cord which stimulate a tingling feeling. This stimulation overrides pain sensations by modifying the signals that travel along the central nervous system before […]

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FDA strengthens warning labels on non-aspirin painkillers

Some recognizable examples of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), diclofenac, and  naproxen (Aleve).  They are frequently used as the first line of defence to reduce pain and inflammation.  Most NSAID medications are available without a prescription and are widely used to reduce fever and pain related to long- and short-term medical conditions such as […]

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Latest Apollo #MedicalMarijuana Research Shows Effective Opiate Reduction

The latest from the Apollo Blog outlines very interesting and encouraging interim research about chronic pain patients who are using opiates (pain killers) as their main way to manage their pain: a significant number of patients who are on addictive pain killers are reporting using less of those drugs while on the medical cannabis available through […]

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Allevio supports Project ECHO Ontario

What if you could get the care you need for chronic pain, fast, and right where you live? Project ECHO Ontario is working on doing just that. ECHO stands for Extension For Community Healthcare Outcomes. The project  “breaks down the walls between specialty and primary care,” using video conferencing technology to connect  local primary care […]

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First Positive Feedback From Patient Regarding Apollo Research Medical Marijuana Clinic

Since hosting a continuing medical education seminar, some of our physicians have started to work more closely with Apollo Applied Research, and have offered the service to patients. One of these patients was recently seen in a follow up encounter, and the physician forwarded us all a small note about their findings: Dear Colleagues: I wanted […]

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Medical Marijuana Lowers Incidence of #Opioid Related Death

Marie J. Hayed, PhD, and Mark S. Brown, MD have published an article in JAMA Internal Medicine that notes as Medical Marijuana prescriptions increase in a given community, so too do opioid-related deaths decrease. (Opioids are pain killers such as Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet and Dilauded). From the UofC, Berkeley Wellness Letter, Feb 2015: …the 13 […]

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#ChronicPain #Opioid Video: Best Advice for People Taking Pain Medication

Dr. Mike Evans of St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto published an extensive must-watch video for anyone taking, considering, or giving care to a patient on opioids.  The video answers a lot of questions about these type of pain-killing drugs, and the pitfalls that can be associated with treatment. Dr. Evans mentions that before you try […]

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What is Plantar Fasciitis and why do I have it?

Plantar Fasciitis – Diagnosis and treatment Allevio Pain Management sees a number of people with a common condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis has garnered quite a few nicknames (Basketball Heel, Runner’s Heel and Jogger’s Heel to name a few) and is presently becoming better known through its most famous patient: basketball-loving President of the United States, Pres. Barak Obama. But […]

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Common Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Now that summer is in full swing, people of all ages are coming out of hibernation and naturally becoming more active, engaging in various sports the summer months allow us to enjoy. This year, with the added fascination of the FIFA World Cup  causing mass infatuation with soccer (called football in many other parts of […]

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Pressure mounts as U.S. urges Canada to tighten rules on prescription painkillers

There has been increasing pressure on Canada from the U.S. to align their rules on prescription narcotics to help alleviate the abuse and the eventual trickle effect of contraband drugs making their way across the border. Health Canada recently released a notice of intent to change parameters for not only the highly addictive OxyContin but […]

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