June 2016

There are many causes of headache pain which are treated at Illinois Pain Institute, one treatment is Botox. You may have heard of Botox – which has made its name famous by celebrities for smoothing troublesome wrinkles on the face. What may be news to...

"Certainly yes," was the response of Jeff Miller, senior vice president of health and safety for the National Football League, when asked at a recent congressional hearing on concussions if there is a connection between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a degenerative...

Studies show that soldiers and veterans have some of the highest rates of opioid use in the United States. A 2011 report by the American Public Health Association stated that the fatal overdose rate of opioids among veterans is nearly double the national average, mostly...

We all experience pain to different degrees, but a new study of adult patients at the Pain Management Center of Loyola University suggests that there is a distinct difference between how men and women experience pain, with women being more likely to seek treatment for...

If you've ever experienced sciatica, you know that the pain and discomfort can be relentless. Caused by compression or irritation of nerves connected to the spine, sciatica can lead to pain, numbing, and general weakness in the lower back, buttocks, hips, and legs. ...

Neuropathic pain—a state of complex, chronic pain caused by damage or disease affecting the somatosensory nervous system—may not be fully manageable with opioid therapy alone. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Alberta and published in Pain Medicine found that while opioids do...

Doctors already know that women are three times more susceptible to migraines than men, and a new study is seeking to shine a light on one particular aspect of women's migraine affinity—increased migraine frequency and pain for women going through menopause. Vincent Martin, MD, who...

Part of well-balanced healthcare is evaluating short-term benefits against long-term potentialities. In the case of opioids, a study by Jeffrey Scherrer, PhD, et al. published in The Annals of Family Medicine shows a relationship between long durations of use and the development of new-onset depression....

Is there a connection between opioid use and low testosterone? It looks that way, according to a study recently published in Pain Medicine. Maria Soledad Cepeda, MD, PhD, et al. compared the testosterone levels of two subject groups—those who had taken prescription opioids in the...