Fibromyalgia Treatment Options

What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a common widespread pain condition that is more prevalent among women, although it can occur in men as well. This condition is typically marked by increased sensitivity to touch and pain, anxiety, morning stiffness, and widespread pain. Fibromyalgia is presently understood as a disorder of central sensitization, meaning that the […]

Acupuncture for Back Pain

Acupuncture is a safe and effective option to manage all sorts of pain, including chronic back pain, headaches, neck pain, and much more, in an effort to improve your quality of life. Acupuncture is a practice of ancient Chinese medicine that involves gently inserting hair-thin needles into the skin in order to stimulate the muscles, […]

Common Causes of Knee Pain

While most of us experience knee pain at some point throughout our lives, it should not be an added burden to live with. Unfortunately, knee pain is very common, especially as we get older, and could come from numerous underlying reasons. Dr. DeCaria, an anesthesiologist and pain physician in Evanston, IL and Glenview, IL has […]

Tips To Improve Your Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is really important to improve overall well-being in patients suffering from chronic pain. It is very important to practice proper sleep hygiene, particularly if you struggle to either fall asleep or stay asleep. The following are nine tips to improve your sleep quality. Develop a routine. Go to sleep at […]

Daily Dose of Vitamin C Can Prevent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Decrease Post-Operative Pain

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is one of the most challenging and debilitating conditions I treat as a chronic pain physician. There are two types (Type I and Type II) and they differ based on the absence or presence of known nerve damage. This particular pain syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning we arrive […]

Do You Keep A Pain Diary?

So your doctor has asked you to keep a pain diary after an injection, or perhaps you’ve been asked to chronicle your pain on an initial visit to your doctor and you’re stumped.

ALA Supplements For Nerve Pain

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) can be found in foods such as liver, broccoli, and spinach. It is an essential cofactor for mitochondrial metabolism that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.

Radiofrequency Ablation: Burn Your Pain Away

The etiology of back pain is often multifactorial. There are all sorts of causes: muscles, ligaments, nerve roots, discs, and these pesky little things known as facet (zygapophysial) joints.

Pilates For Low Back Pain

Pilates is an exercise regimen developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. It is an exercise program utilizing low-impact exercises to improve postural alignment, core strength, and balance.

What To Bring To Your Pain Clinic Appointment

Despite advances in electronic medical records, patients’ medical information may not always be readily available for all their doctors to access. There are a lot of laws protecting the privacy of patients.

Yoga May Help With Chronic Pain

Yoga is an excellent form of exercise for many patients suffering from chronic pain. Through the various poses and deep breathing, it also has substantial mind-body benefits.

Can Weather Affect Your Pain?

People with arthritis often claim they can predict when rainy days are coming, based on the pain in their joints. But is it true or based on folklore? Studies support a variety of weather factors can causes physiologic changes in joints, particularly changes in weather.

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