Chronic Pain

Non-opioid Pain Relievers Just as Effective as Opioids, Study Finds

As Dr. Gabor Maté pointed out on Tim Ferriss’ podcast recently, every three weeks, there are as many people dying from opioid-related overdoses in the United States as the number of casualties we saw in 9/111. This fact was straight from the report that came out of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and …

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Trauma and Chronic Pain: the Link and How to Recover

The link between trauma and negative health outcomes among adults, including chronic physical and mental illness, is well-established. What is less known are studies like this one by Harvard Health, and other research, suggesting there is a link between trauma and chronic pain. Modern pain professionals understand that pain is a function of the brain and our processing of …

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Chronic Pain and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: Queer Meducation

Most people utilize physical therapy for orthopedic purposes, however, physical therapy has so much more to offer. Roots CPR‘s Functional Restoration Director, Dr. Michael Zabala Aquino, PT, DPT, also the founder of Deconstruct Health, sat down with Kerin “KB” Berger, medical professional and educator for LGBTQI + nonbinary. Dr. Aquino discusses his mission to alleviate the …

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Workplace Injuries and Opioid Dependence

Workplace injuries happen everyday, and more often than not, the injured worker will be prescribed an opioid as a way to help ease the pain and lasting issues associated with the immediate injury. Whether the ultimate treatment for the injury involves surgery, physical therapy, or another treatment, medical professionals often turn to opioids like Vicodin …

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Chronic Pain: the Evolution of How We View It

In recent years, the incidence of chronic pain has reached epidemic proportions. Unfortunately, there is a long history of discrimination related to pain, which has not only spurred controversy, but it has also changed the way we—and our doctors—approach its treatment. Pain: the fight or flight effect Pain, in and of itself, is a necessary …

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Hyperalgesia: Why Opioids Make Chronic Pain Worse

Opioid-induced Hyperalgesia, or OIH, is a condition that is caused by the extended use of opioids, medications that are often prescribed for treating chronic pain. For acute pain, such as you would experience after surgery or following an accident or injury, opioid pain medication can be beneficial. In the days and weeks that follow, your …

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