Illinois Pain Institute Blog

The Opiate Databank: How a Bill Becomes a Law

The United States is in the midst of an ever-worsening opioid epidemic. As addicted patients and drug dealers continue to seek to abuse narcotic pain medications, it’s up to care providers and legislative bodies to put barriers in their path and prevent opioids from getting into the wrong hands when possible. Dr. Prunskis has been […]

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Advances in Neuromodulation Mean Less Reliance on Opioid Medications

One of the most important steps toward cutting back on opioid dependence is offering pain sufferers other, better options for managing their discomfort. One alternative that is increasingly getting recognized for its effectiveness is neuromodulation – implanted medical devices that use electrical stimulation to block or relieve pain signals. One of the most common types […]

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Facet Syndrome: Medial branch blocks and radiofrequency denervation

1) What are facet joints? There can be more than one cause of spine pain, including muscles, ligaments, discs, nerve roots, and facet joints. The facet joint can be the reason for neck, shoulder, mid back, low back, and leg pain. It can also be a reason for headaches. Facet joints are located between backbones […]

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Opioids are a Massive Problem, and Doctors Do Have Many Other Options

There are a lot of debates when it comes to how to best treat pain, but one thing is clear: opioid drugs, long relied on for their ability to block pain signals to the brain, are a problem of epidemic proportions. In 2014 alone, 47,000 individuals died from opioid overdoses. Additionally, people who are addicted […]

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What are the Benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a safe, effective, and innovative treatment option for joint pain, tendon injuries, and back problems. The advantages of PRP therapy compared to other procedures include reduced downtime and improved outcomes. PRP uses the patient’s own blood platelets to jumpstart the body’s natural healing process, delivering optimum pain relief. How does PRP […]

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How Can Shoulder Injections Affect Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain affects thousands of U.S. adults. According to clinical studies, shoulder pain affects 4% of the general population, and 1% of people age 45 years and older consult their family doctor each year with a new presentation of shoulder pain. Many individuals suffer from mild-to-moderate osteoarthritis of the shoulder. While pain medicine and physical […]

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What are the Different Types of Diabetic Neuropathy

There are five basic types of diabetic neuropathy that all damage the nerves but in different parts of the body and hence different symptoms and results. However, all these are linked and it may be difficult to differentiate one type of neuropathy from another without proper diagnosis. To understand this better explained below are the […]

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Does Medical Marijuana help with the Symptoms of Chronic Pain and PTSD?

Patients seeking medical marijuana claim it offers relief from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and chronic pain. However, there is little scientific evidence that supports marijuana’s value for treating these conditions. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs conducted a large systematic review of clinical trials and observational studies to evaluate medical marijuana. They found […]

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