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  • Lower Back Pain: What to Know, and How to Treat It ̵

    The spine is divided into three parts: lumbar (lower); thoracic (middle); and the cervical (neck) area. In our last issue of Illinois Pain Institute, we explored the topic of neck pain; now we will focus on another common issue: lower back pain, which can...
  • Approaches to Pain Relief

    Tried everything for your pain? There are a variety of “manual” and energetic therapies that patients have found to eliminate both acute and chronic pain, reduce inflammation and provide alternatives to both the use of oral medications and embarking on surgical procedures. Take a...
  • Is It Fibromyalgia?

    Fibromyalgia is frequently misdiagnosed and can also stop the entire search for other treatable problems. The most critical factor when dealing with fibromyalgia is to firmly establish the correct diagnosis. Many patients who present to our clinic with fibromyalgia often either do not have...
  • 3 Suprising Remedies for your Arthritis Pain

    Often a twinge or creak around your joints brings your hinges to a stiffening stop, it may be time to take action before your cartilage rusts out completely. But, prior to reaching for a bottle of gel caps, consider this: Several over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory...
  • Migraines?

    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...
  • Prescribing Physical Activity

    Is exercise the new prescription medication for some chronic physical and mental health problems? Many doctors, including primary care physicians, internists, and psychologists, are starting to think so. There is already a known positive connection between exercise and better overall well-being, and now instead of...
  • Football-CTE Link

    “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...
  • Pain Management of Veterans

    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,...
  • CDC Opioid Guidelines

    In a recent press conference about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) final recommendations on prescribing opioids for chronic pain, director of the CDC Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, referred to the opioid prescription overdose epidemic as a “doctor-driven” problem. Physicians, stressed Frieden,...
  • Pain Differences Between Men & Women

    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...