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Research: Non-conscious conditioning can change the way you feel pain

Exciting new research has recently emerged regarding the impact of mental imagery on reported pain levels, which could open new paths for research and treatment. For patients living with chronic pain, it’s probably old news that pain can be different on different days, during different activities, or even when a patient is in different moods. This is […]

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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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Cutting edge treatment for total knee pain: Pulsed Radiofrequency

There is a small percentage of patients who continue to have pain after having Total Knee Arthroplasty(TKA), i.e. a total knee replacement. While pre-operative screening is recommended to ensure the best outcomes for patients recovering from this procedure, between 8-23% will continue to have pain that lasts longer than the expected recovery period. This can […]

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Research: Chimpanzee ancestors provide answers about lower back pain

We always imagine medicine racing forward, but what if a look back into our evolutionary biology could give us answers to some of the health problems we face today? Lower back pain is one of the most frequent complaints worldwide, and the World Health Organization has recognized it as a leading cause of disability. Scientists […]

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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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Osteopathy for Chronic Pain

In a recent article in  Chatelaine, an assistant editor tested out osteopathy for her joint pain. Like many first time patients of osteopaths (also known as DOs or Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine) she was surprised by just how much information could be determined by observation and touch alone. The final verdict: not only was the […]

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The science behind mindfulness meditation

Pain travels along two pathways simultaneously. One pathway delivers information to the brain reporting a physical sensation while another sends signals to the amygdala and the anterior cingulate cortex, which are the areas of the brain that process emotion. This emotional component to pain is an expanding area of research in mind/body medicine. Researchers are […]

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Research: Tylenol Shows Emotional Pain Is Real

New research is taking a closer look at the drugs targeted at physical pain and how they might affect other aspects of behavior and emotional experience. One study in 2010 found that acetaminophen,the active ingredient in Tylenol, reduces behavioral and neural responses associated with the pain of social rejection. The study feels that because the drug can […]

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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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