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An interview with the associate chief legal officer at the Mayo Clinic on the legal implications of medical marijuana.
Many serious conditions and diseases have their own recommended diet. Considerable scientific information and clinical observation suggest that chronic pain needs a specialized diet, too.
Patients with chronic pain who seek medical advice about choosing a vitamin or supplement need to be educated about the risks/benefits of these agents. This article reviews the evidence for the most common supplements used to treat pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, headaches, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Acupuncture is an increasingly valuable and effective tool used by medical practitioners to relieve pain. Newer acupuncture methods that use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), light, sound, piezoelectric and magnetic energies have shown success in relieving pain, but there have been few efforts to use all of these treatment modalities together.
During pregnancy, a multitude of new stressors are introduced to the female body as it undergoes physiologic changes. One of the most common complaints is low back pain, which has been reported to affect between 50% and 80% of all pregnant women. But how should it be treated? Here are nonpharmacologic options.
A magnetic field (MF) is a magnetic force that extends out from a magnet and can be either static or dynamic. These MFs are produced by electric currents and specifically as a result of electron movement. But what does that have to do with pain management? Learn in this article
Editor of Practical Pain Management discusses the important developments in electromedicine, starting with Dr. Luigi Galvani.
A doctor with more than a decade using therapeutic lasers to treat chronic pain writes on how lasers can be used in the treatment of chronic low back pain. Learn more about this complementary pain treatment.
Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) is the use of low-level microcurrent applied through the head to the brain for medical and psychiatric/psychological purposes. Although CES is primarily used for the management of anxiety, insomnia, and depression, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that it will play a role in pain management.
Electric and magnetic fields have been used in medicine for the treatment of pain, ablation of tissue, and wound healing for more than 75 years. More recently, pulsed radio frequency energy fields have been used for the treatment of bone healing, pain, and wound healing of soft tissue. In this review, pulsed radio frequency energy fields will be discussed in relation to use in pain management.
Many facts are known about body electricity and magnetism. Most of these facts, however, have little established practicality relative to pain treatment. We know enough, however, to provide a scientific rationale for the various electromagnetic measures being used today.
Low level laser therapy not only promotes healing in injured cells, but it also stimulates the generation of endorphins that control pain regardless of the location. Low level laser therapy interrupts the pain process by delivering electrons back to the injured cells to aid in healing.
Low Level Laser Therapy: A Clinician's View
It is now understood that chronic pain can cause serious mental, social, employment, family, and marital problems, while increasing stress and shortening life.
Tips on which type of low-level laser to use for your chronic pain patients: You can't use the same laser for every pain patient.
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