Illinois Pain Institute Blog

Melding Medicine and Politics to Create a Safer Society: Interview with Dr. Prunskis

John Prunskis, M.D. FIPP, co-founder of the Illinois Pain Institute, recently had the honor of sharing his story with Bridges, a Lithuanian-American news journal based in the United States. In it, Dr. Prunskis discusses not just his medical career and approach to the precise diagnosis and treatment of painful conditions, but also his Lithuanian heritage […]

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Reprogrammed stem cell

Stem Cells Used to Grow New, Functioning Human Muscles

Stem cell treatments are an especially innovative technique in the research, treatment, and understanding of diseases and injuries. And while we’re already studying the use of stem cells for a variety of conditions to do things like stimulate healing and regeneration of degenerated, painful, or inflamed tissues, researchers are continually discovering groundbreaking new capabilities of […]

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Talking Alternative Pain Treatments in Quintessential Barrington

Our goal at Illinois Pain Institute has always been to treat pain at its source, and not mask it with narcotic medications. In the more than 25 years we’ve been in business, we’ve been proud leaders of innovative, alternative pain treatment methods, and we’re excited to have shared our insights on some of these revolutionary […]

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The Real Cost of the Opioid Epidemic is More Than Previously Estimated

What is the true economic cost of America’s opioid epidemic? According to the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA), it’s significantly more than was previously thought. In a report released in November, 2017, the CEA estimates that the toll of the opioid crisis in 2015 was a staggering $504 billion, an amount that greatly […]

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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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