Blog Articles

Understanding Cervical Radiculopathy

When one of the nerves in your neck is compressed, not only can it cause local problems, but symptoms can radiate out toward your arms and hands as well. Called cervical radiculopathy, here’s a look at how the issue develops.

Nov 2nd, 2020
Help! I Hurt All Over!

Every day you get out of bed, hoping this will be the day that pain won’t get in your way. Yet, the pain persists. Here’s a look at the most common culprits when it comes to widespread pain, and what we can do about them.

Oct 1st, 2020
5 Tips for Preventing Neck Pain

While many situations in life can be considered a pain in the neck, actual neck pain can limit your life in significant ways. Here are five tips that go a long way toward preventing and remedying neck pain.

Sep 2nd, 2020
Living Better With Arthritis

Arthritis, in all its many forms, can be a frustrating condition to live with — mostly because there’s no cure. That said, there are some effective ways for better managing joint disease, allowing you to remain healthy and active.

Aug 18th, 2020
Your Treatment Options for Headaches

Americans are no strangers to headaches — more than 15% of adults report severe headaches or migraines. If you’re struggling with head pain, the good news is that we have a wide range of treatment options. Read on to learn more.

Jul 22nd, 2020
Recognizing the Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy

More than 20 million people in the United States report peripheral neuropathy, though many medical experts believe that this number may be far higher. Here’s a look at how you can recognize the signs of peripheral neuropathy.

Jun 11th, 2020
5 Lifestyle Changes to Improve Sciatica Pain

If you’re struggling with sciatica, you understand how the pain and discomfort can hijack your life. To help you better control your sciatica pain, here are five lifestyle tips to help provide relief. Read on to learn more.

May 19th, 2020
Myths and Facts About Epidural Steroid Injections

If you’re suffering from debilitating neck or back pain, relief is likely your top priority. As you consider your options, explore what an epidural steroid injection can accomplish. Here are some myths and facts about this pain management technique.

Mar 1st, 2020
Ancient acupuncture and modern myofascial pain therapy

Ancient acupuncture and modern myofascial pain therapy each focus on hundreds of similar points on the body to treat pain, although they do it differently, says a physician at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville who analyzed the two techniques.

Dec 30th, 2019
Human nerve cells and genes tied to chronic pain

A new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT Health Science Center at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine has produced evidence of the source of chronic pain in humans.

Dec 30th, 2019
Acupuncture, mindfulness, massage may decrease pain

A new study, published Feb. 20, 2019, in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, tracked the impact of a program for low-income, at-risk patients with chronic pain at Tom Waddell Urban Health Clinic, in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood...

Dec 30th, 2019
New blood test may help physicians treat pain better

A breakthrough test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers to measure pain in patients could help stem the tide of the opioid crisis in Indiana, and throughout the rest of the nation.

Dec 30th, 2019
Men remember pain differently than do women

Scientists increasingly believe that one of the driving forces in chronic pain — the number one health problem in both prevalence and burden — appears to be the memory of earlier pain.

Dec 30th, 2019
Botox Injection Reduces Frequency of Migraine Headaches

A growing body of evidence supports the effectiveness of botulinum toxin injections in reducing the frequency of chronic migraine headaches, concludes an updated review and analysis in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®.

Dec 30th, 2019
Touch-based Interventions Alleviates Pain in Babies

“Parents intuitively stroke their babies at this optimal velocity,” says senior author Rebeccah Slater, professor of pediatric science at the University of Oxford, who worked alongside collaborators from Liverpool John Moores University.

Dec 30th, 2019
Long-term relief for back pain via pain disruption therapy

People with treatment-resistant back pain may get significant and lasting relief with dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation therapy, an innovative treatment that short-circuits pain, suggests a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2018 annual meeting.

Dec 29th, 2019
Study of phantom limb pain leads to more effective treatment

The patient, missing his right arm, can see himself on screen in augmented reality, with a virtual limb. He can control it through the electrodes attached to his skin, which allows the patient to stimulate and reactivate those dormant areas of the brain. C

Dec 29th, 2019
Scientists search for a safe, non-addictive pain killer

With the support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine have been working to find a safe, non-addictive pain killer to help fight the current opioid crisis in this country.

Dec 29th, 2019
Clinical Research Department; exciting news for this month

This month is full with exciting new projects. Sadly we have to say good bye to one of our providers but we won’t let this slow us down in our efforts of keep offering our patients with the latest technology and advances in pain management.

Dec 29th, 2019
Dr. Yang Interview Excerpt – Focus on Inflammation

The word inflammation comes from the Latin word inflammationem, which means “a setting on fire.” Certainly anyone who has experienced the feelings of heat, redness, swelling, pain and burning that makes the origin of this word an accurate description.

Dec 29th, 2019
Researchers discover a novel use of illusion to alter knee pain

In a new study published in the journal Peer J this week, researchers at UniSA’s Body in Mind Research Group have found people suffering osteoarthritis in the knees reported reduced pain when exposed to visual illusions that altered the size of their knees

Dec 29th, 2019
Study reveals that women feel pain differently

A female brain’s resident immune cells are more active in regions involved in pain processing relative to males, according to a recent study by Georgia State University researchers.

Dec 29th, 2019
New study may hold hope for neuropathic pain patients

Imagine that the movement of a single hair on your arm causes severe pain. For patients with neuropathic pain — a chronic illness affecting 20 million people in the United States, with no effective treatment — this can be a daily reality.

Dec 29th, 2019
Holding hands can sync brainwaves, ease pain, study shows

Reach for the hand of a loved one in pain and not only will your breathing and heart rate synchronize with theirs, your brain wave patterns will couple up too, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Dec 29th, 2019
Last Patient Implanted for the Evoke Study

On Friday, February 23rd, Summit Pain Alliance’s last patient enrolled for the Evoke Study with Saluda Medical was implanted at Sonoma Valley Hospital by Dr. Eric Lee. This implant closes the door to new enrollments since enrollment has now been reached.

Dec 29th, 2019
Pain, emotions and the placebo effect

In a pioneering study, researchers used fMRI technology to show that a person’s ability to reinterpret negative events and to control feelings influences how strongly a placebo will work to reduce pain.

Dec 26th, 2019