Knee Osteoartritis

What You Need to Know About The Epidemic of Osteoarthritis

Jun 13th, 2016 Chronic Pain, NSAIDs, Osteoarthritis, Treatment News Dr. Silver 3 min read

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, affecting up to 70 million Americans, and 1 out of 2 people over the age of 50.  Osteoarthritis has fast become the most common cause of disability, and by 2050 will outpace cancer and heart disease combined. Osteoarthritis is usually caused by either wear and tear on the joints or follows several years after an injury…

8 things you should know about back pain

May 13th, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain Dr. Silver 2 min read

Back pain is the #1 cause of disability in the United States.  Up to half of all Americans live with some degree of chronic back pain and over 80% will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime.  It is estimated that approximately $300 billion is lost each year as a result of lost productivity due to chronic back pain.  Back pain is the…

Drug Overdose Epidemic Worsens

Important Fibromyalgia Facts

Mar 22nd, 2016 Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Treatment News Dr. Silver 2 min read

Fibromyalgia affects about 8-10 million Americans and 2-3% of all people around the world, predominately women.  Fibromyalgia is characterized by diffuse body pain, sleep difficulties and fatigue.  Many other symptoms can accompany Fibromyalgia including irritable bowel, “fibro fog,” headaches and irritable bladder.  Despite the improvements in both research and treatments for Fibromyalgia in recent years, the syndrome remains one of the most complex conditions for…

Prescription Pain Medicine

Nutrient Deficiencies Can Make Pain Worse

Mar 10th, 2016 Chronic Pain, Migraines Dr. Silver 5 min read

The abuse of powerful narcotics/opioids such as prescription pain medications, heroin and morphine, is a serious issue affecting up to 36 million across the globe. Over 2 million people in the US are currently suffering from substance abuse disorders related to narcotics and the consequences are devastating both for those who are addicted and their families. The number of accidental overdose deaths has risen alarmingly…

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10 Things you Should Know About NSAIDs

Mar 3rd, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, Migraines, Neck Pain, NSAIDs, Treatment News Dr. Silver 2 min read

NSAIDs are one of the most commonly used drug classes in the world.  Studies estimate that up to 30% of the US population may use an over the counter NSAID for the treatment of pain.  Despite the enormous publicity surrounding NSAIDs, misconceptions exist regarding the use and potential side effects of these commonly used medications. All NSAIDs have a BLACK BOX WARNING, “NSAIDs may cause…

Prescription Overdoses in Emergency Rooms

We Need More Alternative Pain Therapies

Feb 20th, 2016 Chronic Pain, Sleep Dr. Silver 2 min read

Prescription drug use continues to rise at an alarming rate as consumers continue to rely on prescriptions medications. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly half of all Americans (48.5 percent) have used at least one prescription drug in the past month, a percentage that has grown over the last decade with 22 percent of the population using three or more…

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6 Things you Should Know About Gabapentin

Feb 15th, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Treatment News Dr. Silver 1 min read

There are roughly 30 million prescriptions written each year in the United States for the drug gabapentin to treat various chronic pain conditions. Patients sometimes shy away from asking their doctor and pharmacist about the drugs that are prescribed to them, so here are 6 quick facts about gabapentin that are useful for facilitating a discussion between you and your healthcare provider. Gabapentin, sometimes know by its…

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New Legislation Restricts Opioid Use

Feb 12th, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, opioids, Treatment News Dr. Silver 2 min read

The State of Massachusetts is poised to pass some of the most aggressive legislation in the country to combat improper use of opioid medications.  In response to the CDC’s report that 1162 people in Massachusetts died as a result of opioid overdose in 2014, the governor and legislature reached a compromise to help control opioid use and reduce the risk of overdose. Patients will be…

Drug Overdose Epidemic Worsens

The Dangers of Prescription Pain Medications

Feb 3rd, 2016 Chronic Pain Dr. Silver 1 min read

The Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization, reported that in 2013 over 44,000 Americans died as a result of drug overdose. Drug overdoses have been rising since 2009, despite federal and state efforts to better monitor and control use of narcotics and other potentially addictive medications. Over half of these deaths were related to prescription drugs, and in 36 states more people died from…

Danger of Pharmaceuticals

Common Pain Medications that Can Be Deadly

Feb 3rd, 2016 Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Lower Back Pain, Neck Pain Dr. Silver 6 min read

Although acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is heavily marketed for its safety, FDA recommends health care professionals to discontinue prescribing and dispensing drug products with more than 325 mg of acetaminophen due to the high risk of liver injury. Severe liver injury may occur in patients who: Took more than the prescribed dose of an acetaminophen containing product in a 24 hour period. Took more than one acetaminophen…