PainCare Blog

Pain Pills Add Cost and Delays to Job Injuries

  By BARRY MEIER Published: June 2, 2012 Workplace insurers are accustomed to making billions of dollars in payments each year, with the biggest sums going to employees hurt in major accidents, like those mangled by machines or crushed in building collapses. Enlarge This Image Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times Some of Mr. Kulakowski’s medications. He has undergone …

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In Medicine, Falling for Fake Innovation

May 27, 2012, 7:49 pm By EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL THE sleek, four-armed “da Vinci” robot has been called a breakthrough technology for procedures like prostate surgery. “Imagine,” the manufacturer says, “having the benefits of a definitive treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities.” That’s just the kind of …

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Don’t Just Sit There

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS ONE lesson I’ve learned while writing about fitness is that few things impinge on an active life as much as writing about fitness — all that time spent hunched before a computer or puzzling over scientific journals, the countless hours of feckless, seated procrastination. While writing about the benefits of exercise, my muscles slackened. Fat seeped insidiously …

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Myofascial Release. Is it for me?

Kristen Pitts, MSPT May 7, 2012 Have you asked yourself the following questions? “Why do my muscles still feel tight after I have stretched? Why does my massage only provide temporary relief from my pain and tightness?” While the human body is a very complex system with many factors contributing to pain and stiffness, one area of soft tissue restriction …

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Post-Traumatic Stress’s Surprisingly Positive Flip Side

  By JIM RENDON Published: March 22, 2012 Sgt. Jeffrey Beltran pulled a heavily creased Post-it note from the pocket of his fatigues, unfolded it and looked over a list he jotted down earlier that day: pick up an order of beef lo mein, take his dress uniform to work (jacket, pants and boots), do schoolwork. Beltran’s Army-issue organizer is …

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Pain management is tricky business

Salt Lake Tribune By michael jaffe First published Jan 07 2012 01:01AM Updated Jan 7, 2012 01:01AM The conviction and 20-year prison sentence of Dr. Dewey MacKay for illegal distribution of opioids (pain pills) provides us all with an opportunity for reflection. He is an orthopedic physician who developed a pain medicine practice with suboptimal oversight. He was convicted of …

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How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

    HEALTH   | February 06, 2012 By NICHOLAS BAKALAR  A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage …

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How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

By WILLIAM J. BROAD The New York Times January 5, 2012 On a cold Saturday in early 2009, Glenn Black, a yoga teacher of nearly four decades, whose devoted clientele includes a number of celebrities and prominent gurus, was giving a master class at Sankalpah Yoga in Manhattan. Black is, in many ways, a classic yogi: he studied in Pune, …

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Tai Chi Shown to Ease Back Pain

After 10 weeks, the tai chi group reported that, on a 10-point scale, their pain was reduced by 1 point and they found the pain 1.3 points less bothersome. By comparison, the control group experienced an increase in both pain and how bothersome the pain was. The tai chi group also reported greater improvements in their disability levels than the …

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Why Ice May Be Bad for Sore Muscles

Already, the benches in gym locker rooms and beside basketball courts are filling with 2012’s early casualties, those of us who, goaded by New Year’s resolutions, are exercising a bit too enthusiastically and developing sore muscles. Many of us will then drape ice packs over our aching muscles. But a new review article published this month in the journal Sports …

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