At Nevada Pain, we know keeping up with the latest research is important for a comprehensive understanding of your pain. That’s why this February, we focused on the many treatment options, research, and events that are influencing upcoming and innovative pain treatments.

February had two events of import: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and World Cancer Day. National Eating Disorders Awareness Week provided a unique opportunity to address the pain issues that are associated with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. Likewise, on World Cancer Day, we discussed the types of pain often related to cancer and its treatment, along with therapy methods for relieving that pain.

Information for your lifestyle 

Whether you suffer from fibromyalgia, bouts of intense back pain, or another chronic pain condition, there are some things that are universal in the experience of living with pain. We covered these challenges of living with pain along with some strategies for overcoming them this February. It’s difficult that:

  • People cannot see the pain
  • Plans can change at an instant
  • Living in pain places a strain on family life
  • Living in pain makes it difficult to parent
  • Living in pain makes employment impossible or, in the very least, altered

Even with these strategies, it helps to find new sources of information that might be able to lead you towards a more effective treatment plan. We profiled three more websites that we think are great resources for cutting-edge treatment and research options. Those included MedCity News, Science Daily, and Mayo Clinic’s website. By visiting these sites in addition to our blog, you’ll be tapped into the latest news in chronic pain treatments.

If you’re looking for more than just news, this February we also profiled one of our favorite chronic pain blogs: The Only Certainty Is Bad Grammar. As we noted:

“The most interesting part of The Only Certainty Is Bad Grammar is Crystal’s frank discussions of what life is like with chronic pain. There are no platitudes or empty promises. With an openness that is refreshing and informative, Crystal offers up advice, opinion, and insight into daily living with intercostals neuralgia.”

Treatments for your pain

We’re at an exciting time in pain management. As it’s becoming a more talked-about issue (such as in movies like Cake), researchers are also beginning to design more products and create new therapies to relieve pain.

This February, we covered many of the cutting-edge treatment options we offer to our patients at Nevada Pain, including:

  • Platelet rich plasma injections
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Biofeedback therapy

In the post, we offered a thorough explanation of what these procedures are and what conditions they can treat. As we wrote in our post:

“Pain treatment can be complex and involved, often requiring a multi-pronged approach. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment protocol, and at Nevada Pain we are committed to finding which treatments work best for each individual patient.”

In the wake of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, we also covered the many medical breakthroughs, predictions, and demonstration’s at this year’s conference. Of most import were discussions of wearables and telemedicine among the greater medical community. Others conference-goers geeked out over nanotechnology and 3D printing possibilities.

However, we were most excited to hear about new gadgets that are tackling health issues directly. AmpStrip promises to monitor heart rate, skin temperature, and activity. Zensorium Being can track stress levels, which is a major component of reducing pain. Finally, Quell promises a 100% prescription free way to manage pain by using a new form of electrical stimulation. The device is not yet available to consumers, but we will be following the device’s development over the next few months.

We know many pain patients also currently rely on opioid medications to help them manage their pain. While these medications can be used safely and effectively, they also come with some side effects and risks. Researchers are actively looking for ways to overcome these risks so patients on opioids can live more healthful lives. We covered many of these recent research topics in February’s “Opioid Research and News” post. 

Within that post, we discussed:

  • Some of the ways healthcare professionals are reducing rates of overdose from opioids
  • New drugs that can be used in addition to opioids to reduce the breathing issues that are a common side effect of opioids
  • How opioids may one day be created in the lab rather than by poppies alone
  • The impact of legalized medical marijuana on opioid rates of overdose and death

Learning more about opioids

If you do use opioids to treat your pain, there a number of other recent developments that may make opioids better-prescribed and safer for all patients. This includes legislation, surveys with physicians across the country, and further research into risks of long-term opioid use. Based on these risks, many organizations suggest a thorough patient evaluation to ensure opioids are the correct option for that patient.

As we noted in our February post on the topic:

“Nevada Pain believes that opioids can be part of an effective pain management strategy for some patients. We also believe in looking for holistic treatments to address not only the symptoms of pain but also the underlying causes. We support the balance of continued research into proper, safe, and effective use of opioids and the best possible treatment for our patients.”

In light of these risks, we also covered ways to reduce opioid risks in another February post.

What was your favorite post this February on the Nevada Pain blog? 

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