Dr. Prunskis Published in Morning Consult on Importance of Opioid Alternatives

More than 200,000 Americans died from overdoses related to prescription opioids between 1999 and 2016. In a recently published article for Morning Consult, John V. Prunskis, MD, FIPP, co-founder and medical director of the Illinois Pain Institute, wrote about alternative ways to treat pain, and the responsibility of physicians to promote these safer methods. “Rather […]

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How a suburban doctor is helping improve national pain management

Dr. John Prunskis is featured in this July 16th Daily Herald article for his work on the pain task force in Washington, D.C.: “From Day 1 our whole philosophy of care was to diagnose the source of a patient’s pain and fix it, not mask it with painkillers,” [Prunskis] said. “Now the popular view, of […]

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Chicago Doctor Sworn in to Health and Human Services (HHS) Pain Task Force to Fight Opioid Crisis

Dr. John Prunskis, co-founder and medical director of the Illinois Pain Institute, was sworn in to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recently established Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Pain Task Force) in Washington, D.C. As the only Pain Task Force physician from Illinois, Dr. Prunskis will work closely with […]

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Conditions Treated at Illinois Pain Institute

We believe that no one should live their life in pain. Illinois Pain Institute,  Chicago’s longest established multisite pain management practice with locations throughout the surrounding suburbs, offers innovative solutions for treating pain without the use of opioid medications. The goal is to trace pain to its source, healing painful conditions at their roots instead […]

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Financial Burden of the Opioid Epidemic in Illinois, $92,000 per patient

The effects of the opioid epidemic are widespread, affecting not just those in the throes of addiction but also the health systems that care for them. In an article published last week in Crain’s Chicago Business, writer Kristen Schorsch looked into the toll of the opioid epidemic on Illinois health providers and shared providers’ concerns […]

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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 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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