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…

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…

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…

Opioid Related Deaths on the Rise

Feb 6th, 2016 Back Pain, Lower Back Pain, opioids, Treatment News Dr. Silver 1 min read

Natural and semisynthetic opioids, which include commonly prescribed pain medications such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are involved in more overdose deaths than any other type of opioid. Although drug overdose deaths associated with opioids declined from 2011 to 2013 there was a sharp 9% increase in 2014.   More persons died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2014 than during any previous year…

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…