Opioids.. Can they make pain worse?

Opioids are widely prescribed therapies used to manage moderate-to-severe pain.  However, since their dramatic surge in usage (especially for the management of chronic non-cancer pain), there has been a staggering rise in opioid-related emergency room visits, opioid abuse, addiction, overdoses and deaths in the United States. There is a growing body of evidence showing that opioids can cause a clinically significant medical condition known as…

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…

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…